William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116" Analytical Essay by tpmaven

William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116"
Examines and analyzes William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116", often called his "definition of love".
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Published by on Jul 11, 2006 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Sonnets)

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This paper examines the subject matter, structure, language and imagery of William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116". The paper explains that the sonnet presents an idealized notion of love and that Shakespeare expresses the view in the sonnet that when a love between two people is true, nothing should be able to keep them apart.

From the Paper:

"William Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 has often been called his "definition of love". In the first line, Shakespeare writes of "the marriage of true minds". He is not referring to physical union but rather to true, platonic, and idealistic love, which cannot be hampered by impediments (any possible reasons why two people should not be together). Lines 3 and 4 find Shakespeare proclaiming that love does not change if it finds a change in circumstances, or bends even if one or two of the lovers are unfaithful. Love is fixed, according to Shakespeare in lines 5 and 6, and can't be shaken by small storms or large catastrophes."

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