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Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare
Transcript of Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare
Married to Anne Hathaway at the age of 18 and had 3 children
Shakespeare may have apprenticed as a butcher and taught in a school before moving to London in 1588 to become an actor and playwright
During his writing career, Shakespeare wrote 150 sonnets and were published in 1609, 38 plays, 2 long narrative poems and several other poems
Most of his sonnets delve into the psychology of true love and passion, truth, beauty, and other romantic verities
It is said that sonnets 1-126 are addressed to a young man whom the persona/poet has an intense romantic relationship with
Sonnet 116 was first published in 1609 SONNET 16
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration fins,
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. O no! it is an ever-fixed mark Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks If this be error and upon me proved, Quatrain 1 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: That looks on tempests and is never shaken; Use of bend: signifies how persistent and determined love won't submit to pressure or threat. It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken 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 Parallelism: improves te flow of the lines. Smoother explication of the different aspects of love I never writ, nor no man ever lived. Alters: represents the changing circumstances and situations within a relationship The interjection of the exclamatory phrase "O no!" exhibits the writer's strong opinion/passion towards the concept of love. The "ever-fixed mark" is a metaphor for love which refers to a steadfast nature of a lighthouse. It also represents the stability and strength of love. Metaphor for true love Symbolises the obstacles and troubles in love. Hyperbole: It emphasises the strength and everlasting qualities of love. Metaphor for the omnipotence of love. It also gives love almighty properties, illustrating it is above all other emotions. Also signifying the poet's admiration towards true love. Personification and metaphor for the lost and aimless people searching for love. The star is the love that these people strive to attain. They aspire towards true love. Depicts the ambiguity and complexity of love. It is not a definite or absolute existence (abstract). Difficult to perceive, comprehend and attain. This line illustrates that love cannot be bought, it is priceless and abstract. However, it can be seen through actions. Humans acknowledge its existence and vastness without knowing its worth. Love is personified. Love is said to reject time's effects. Exhibits how true love is eternal, even with the pressuring of time. Capitalisation of 'T' personifies time, representing a reaper which connotes death and atrophy. Time is characterised as powerful and villainous. It toys with humans and causes matter to meet their end. Love never alters, even if the appearance changes. Repetition of 'bend'. Visual imagery is used to symbolise the waning of beauty. Sickles are used for cutting corn. Remove: represents the extinguishing of love. Suggests true love can overcome and conquer unfaithfulness. Contrasts with My Last Duchess. Impediments: Suggests true love will not submit to emotional and physical obstacles. Emphasises the power of love. Endures, continues being faithful until death. Love does not change with time. Repetition of "alter" and "remove":
illustrates the troubles and burdens that come with love. Persistent qualities that threaten a relationship. Metaphor for death. Then I recant all that I have written, and no man has ever [truly] loved. These lines provide a dramatic and bold ending to the sonnet. Paradoxical Conceit, Shakespeare tells us that if he is ever proven wrong, he will have never written and no one will have ever loved Posing a challenge to the readers. Let me not declare any reasons why two True-minded people should not be married. Love is not love Which changes when it finds a change in circumstances, Or bends from its firm stand even when a lover is unfaithful: Oh no! it is a lighthouse Flat and blunt compared to the rest of the poem. Suggest that despite the idea of love is eternal, everything eventually has to end. That sees storms but is never shaken; Love is the guiding north star to every lot ship, Whose value cannot be calculated, although its altitude can be measured. Love is not at the mercy of Time,though physical beauty Comes within the compass of his sickle. Love dos not alter with hours and weeks, But, rather, it endures until the last day of life. If I am proved wrong about these thoughts on love baylife Put the bullet pointed lines into the correct order for a paraphrased version of Sonnet 116. :D baylife sex sex sex Sabrina Lau, Sabrina Au, Clara Ng, Ting Yin Lau, Max Schwarze, Tobias So sex sex sex