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Dave Stevens Poem Analysis - Sonnet 116 'Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds' Study the first 12 lines of the poem. Discuss how Shakespeare makes a statement in the first and second lines, and then use lines 2-12 to give examples which supports his viewpoints. In the first two lines of the poem Shakespeare writes, Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments: love is not love The first line shows that he thinks you should not marry unless you are faithful. He says 'let me not' which means that he does not approve of the untrue or unfaithful minds marrying. The second line means that there will be obstacles in your way and you must be willing to face or overcome them. Otherwise 'love is not love', or you will not experience love at its most true. ...read more.


O no, it is an ever fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken Here he starts to use metaphors to explain his viewpoints on love. In the first of the two lines he uses the word 'mark' which means buoy to show that the feeling of love does not change or move. He then says that love faces 'tempests' or storms and is still never shaken. These lines are a contrast to the last two as they now show love never changing. The next lines show how faithful you can be and that true love will always come through. It is the star to every wand'ring bark Whose worth's unknown, although his height can be taken A metaphor is used here, love is the star to a wandering ship. It guides you and gives you direction. ...read more.


Time can be talked of as an obstacle of marriage and so Shakespeare continues his previous ideas. In the penultimate 2 lines of the poem Shakespeare talks about how love does not end. Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks But bears it out even to the edge of doom These lines are very simple to understand and give the clear message that love does not change once old age comes, but that it continues until the 'edge of doom' or death. Throughout the poem Shakespeare uses the word 'his' instead of 'its' to describe love. This is a form of personification that makes you think that love is living, that it is more than a feeling and that it does have emotions of its own. Also throughout the poem Shakespeare continues to expand on his original ideas of true or faithful love and the obstacles of love. These are his views and he uses the other lines to support his viewpoints very well. Dave Stevens Sonnet 116 Essay ...read more.

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