Shakespeare Sonnet 116

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Sonnet 116;

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

This poem is an example of extreme romantic love, where love is eternal and immortal, transcending mortal and human problems.

  • Powerful imagery, "tempests" and the "ever-fixed mark" which could be interpreted as a light house in the sea/ship metaphor which is continued through the second quatrain. In the third quatrain we have the imagery of death/time "his bending sickle" which is equally powerful.
  • Suggestion that love is not based upon attraction, but something more; "the marriage of


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