Sonnet 116 A* Analysis

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William Shakesperare 
Married Anne Hathaway at 18 
Had 3 children
He was a famous writer by the time of this poet.

The sonnet form 
Italian poet first designed this idea of a sonnet
It is a love poem from a man to a woman 
Consists of 14 lines 
First 8 lines poses a problem 
Last 6 lines solves the problem 
Line 9 Is the volta which is a sharp turn which brings about the move to the resolution
ABBA ABBA Rhyme scheme 

Shakespearean Sonnet 
14 lines: 3 quatrains and a couplet
The volta comes in the couplet 
Iambic pentameter 
A-B-A-B   C-D-C-D   E-F-E-F   G-G 

Sonnet 116 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments;

Admit in this sense means allow and impediments is an obstruction. Impediments comes from the wedding vows suggests that this a possible romantic love.

 love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,

Altar is again an altar which s infused for the theme of marriage and romance 

Or bends with the remover to remove.

The near repetition suggests that love is constant - it wont change the way apperances do.

O no it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks


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