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Shakespearean Sonnet

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Mackenzie Beck

on 15 January 2013

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Foundation Drive Phase 1 Phase 2 Works Cited Core Shakespeare’s authority from this poem is not stemmed from its difficulty. The sonnet has a very basic separation of ideas: the first quatrain says what it is not, the second remarks what it is, the third states more specifically what is is not, and the couplet announces the speaker’s certainty. The writer’s language, however, is magnificent in that it briefs the passion and vivaciousness of love with the use of a very restrained structure and legalistic yet loving tone. Sonnet 116 offers the idea of what love is by saying both what it is and is not. Shakespeare determines that true love is permanent, perfect, and eternal. He states that this is the only love that is “true” and if a man has loved any other way, he has never loved at all. Shakespeare’s opening lines set his attitude throughout the sonnet in that they are an injunction against himself, he cannot say anything that should keep true minds from marrying. Maybe he had been told that love was human, impermanent, and changing, but this is his declaration that he will not admit those things to be true.

Injunction- noun
1. Law. a judicial process or order requiring the person or persons to whom it is directed to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act. Sonnet 116 T:




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Escher, M. C. M. C. Escher. 2010. The Artist's Eyes. Web. 13 Jan 2013. <http://theartistseyes.net/2010/02/01/m-c-escher/>. M. C. Escher Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 and M. C. Escher's "Hand with Reflecting Sphere" parallel because both artists are in control of the realities and falseness depicted in his work. Escher elevates his reflective world and Shakespeare solidifies his claim against proof of written word. Each artist contradicts popular belief and standard acceptance with his product. By Mackenzie Beck It is ironic that Shakespeare’s society would accept this sonnet as their view of love. His word use refers to Christian marriage processions, which are meant to marry two people rather than his suggestion of two, abstract Platonic ideals.

Platonic- adj.
2. a striving toward love of spiritual or ideal beauty.
3. purely spiritual; free from sensual desire Sonnet 116
Love is eternal. Love is never changing. Love cannot be obstructed.
Demonstrates how real love is by giving it natural qualities. Rosy lips refer to youth and beauty.
It seems as though the poet is deeply in love and that his love is inseparable.
End of line 7, shifts back at the end of line 9. Enhances lines 7-8.
The title is generic.

Love, mortality, literature, and loyalty. Sonnet Formats



Spenserian: Popularized by Shakespeare, 3 quatrains followed by a couplet, follows ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme.

Rhymes ABBAABBA CDECDE using an octave and a sestet.
Follows rhyme scheme ABAB BCBC CDCD EE. This drawing by Maurits Cornelis
Escher (1898-1972) is known as
"Hand with Reflecting Sphere."
This drawing depicts an entire
world trapped in a reflection.
There is a sort of mistrust
because the only sense of reality
is the hand elevating the false
world. All shapes are distorted but
appear credible in the sphere, yet
the blank background contrasts the one insight into the artist's world, the reflection where reality is created and destroyed. Maurits Cornelia Escher was born in 1898 in the Dutch province of Friesland. He did poorly in all his academic classes but excelled in drawing, earning the full support of his art teacher and friends. Escher died in a hospital bed surrounded by loved ones at the age of 73 as one of the world's most famous and beloved graphic artists. William Shakespeare Sonnet 116 Let me not to the marriage of true minds A
Admit impediments. Love is not love B
Which alters when it alteration finds, A
Or bends with the remover to remove: B
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark, C
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; D
It is the star to every wandering bark, C
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. D
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks E
Within his bending sickle's compass come; F
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, E
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. F
If this be error and upon me proved, G
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. G
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