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Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

Analysis

"Sonnet 116" is a poem written by William Shakespeare. This love poem is one of the most well-known sonnets of all-time. The poem speaks about what love is. Shakespeare states that love is something that doesn't change and it can't be removed. He says that it is constant. It is "an ever-fixed mark" and it is "not Time's fool". It doesn't change no matter how long we wait.

"Sonnet 116" is generally displayed as four stanzas but it may also be displayed as a single one. It consists of fourteen lines and is written in iambic-pentameter with the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG.

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Poem

Sonnet 116
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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:

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring 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.

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Nationality
English

Literary Movement
Renaissance, 16th Century

Subjects
Love, Relationship, Time