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Sonnet 116, By William Shakespeare.

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English Literature AS level Sonnet 116, By William Shakespeare The Sonnet 116 is another well-known 'Shakespearian Sonnet' written by William Shakespeare. This poem is written in alternative ways, presenting Shakespeare's definitions of love. This sonnet is divided into three quadrants, each with four lines, and a closing rhyming couplet. Each quadrant describes a different aspect of love. The rhyming couplet gives the poem a perfect ending and a bit of a conclusion. There is use of enjambment, metaphor and personification throughout the poem to make it sound emotionally powerful and to give the reader some idea of the message that the poet was trying to get though. In the first stanza, the poet explains the qualities of love. He also explains what love is and what it isn't. He says that love is a commitment and bonding between two true minds. ...read more.

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He is saying that even when life is at its worst state, love is not traumatized. The poet is implying that if two people really love each other, he is certain that they will survive through rough situations. Again, Shakespeare uses metaphor to compare love with a "star" and a person with a "bark". "It is a star to every wondering bark," means that love is a fixed, bright and positive part of life that is always there to guide those who are lost. It will always be there no matter what the circumstances are. Once again, the poet has used a rhyming scheme similar in structure to that of the first stanza: 'c, d, c, d', where 'c' and 'd' occur after one another. In the final quadrant, Shakespeare makes it clear that time does not affect love. Again, he uses run-on lines to keep the rhythm of the poem at a constant phase. ...read more.

Conclusion

He stated that if he's proved wrong, then he has never written nor any man has ever loved. He has written before and men have loved before, demonstrating how certain he is in his definition on love. I think this poem is really emotional and quite fascinating. The archaic language used makes the poem very gripping and makes the reader think a lot about what is written. It has very interesting facts about love. Although looking at the world today, I don't agree with some of them. This may have been true back then when this poem was written. I don't believe that Shakespeare had truly been in love, at least up to the point where he has written this poem. I suppose the qualities of love he described are what he had hoped to find when he falls in love. To me, this poem is not about love, but about more about lust. ...read more.

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