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Shakespeare Sonnet 116: Accepting Themes and Ideas

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How has the poet positioned the reader to accept particular themes and ideas in one of the allocated poems? Sonnet 116 'Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds' by William Shakespeare Throughout Sonnet 116 Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds, Shakespeare positions the reader in such a way to accept the idea of love defeating change, time and even death, through the use of poetic techniques. Various poetic techniques are used in Sonnet 116, such as metaphors, personification, alliteration and repetition. In the first stanza (with the rythmatic pattern of abab) ...read more.


This puts the reader in a difficult position but to accept his idea of love because the reader knows he has written and knows others have loved. In the second stanza (with the rythmatic pattern of cdcd), a metaphor of stars and ships is presented. Shakespeare suggests that the permanent North star guides chips when the seas are rough and chips are tossed about because the star remains unshaken, 'that looks on tempests and is never shaken', and is capable of guiding ships. In this metaphor, love is compared to the North star and the idea Shakespeare conveys through the technique of metaphors is that love can be used as a guide to get through difficult stages of life. ...read more.


It is personified to express that love doesn't operate on a clock. Shakespeare suggests that physical traits, 'rosy lips and cheeks', fades with time, but love does not. Personification is used for a second time in the third stanza in a sense of Death. Shakespeare personifies Death when he refers to 'his bending sickle', which is the weapon of the infamous Grimm Reaper. Shakespeare suggests that death can take away beauty, and even life, but not true love; love lives on forever. Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds conveys the strong idea that love conquers all through the use of various poetic techniques, such as metaphors, personification, alliteration, and repetition. These techniques assist the reader into accepting Shakespeare's ideas. ...read more.

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