Shakespeare's sonnet 116, first published in 1609. It is about eternal and unchanging love and has been cherished in the past four hundred years for its hopeful and promising note. Itsstructure and form are a typical example of the Shakespearean sonnet.
The poet begins by stating he should not stand in the way of true love. Love cannot be true if it changes for any reason. Love issupposed to be constant, through any difficulties. In the sixth line, a nautical reference is made, alluding that love is much like the north star to sailors. Love should not fade with time;instead, true love lasts forever. When it says "Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom," Shakespeare is saying that love is timeless, and only death can doit part.
The last two lines employ a paradoxical conceit. If there is no such thing as true love, the poet says that neither has he ever written, nor has anyone ever experienced true love. However,because the poem has been written, it means the poet, ultimately, is right about true love.
“The movement of 116, like its tone, is careful, controlled, laborious…it defines andredefines its subject in each quatrain, and this subject becomes increasingly, and vulnerable”. It’s split into three quatrains and a couplet. The sonnet starts out as motionless and distant, remote,independent then moves to be “less remote, more tangible and earthbound” and the couplet brings a sense of “coming back down to earth”. Ideal love is deteriorating throughout the sonnet and continues todo so through the couplet.
True love is constant: “it is an ever-fixed mark”.
Shakespeare makes it known in the first line that he will not come between two people who are in love.
Time is love’smost powerful adversary,
True love cannot be fooled by time.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds oxymoron,enjambment
Admit impediments. Love is not love...