Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds Admit Impediments

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Shakespeare’s sonnet “Let me not to the marriage of true minds” elucidates Shakespeare’s thoughts and opinions on the theme, love. The poet describes how true love is eternal, how it can stand up to time and the way it resists negative inducement. During the sonnet, the poet changes the mood and atmosphere from somber to emotionally positive. Shakespeare uses many language techniques -such as metaphors, repetition and enjambment- to do this. Shakespeare begins the first quatrain with a statement, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds/Admit impediments”. It briefs the reader on what the sonnet is about and sets a scene for future development. The use of the negative, ‘not’, emphasizes that the poet wants to deny the truth. The negative also creates a slightly austere atmosphere. Through this and the synecdoche “marriage of true minds” it is shown that the poet envisions true happiness but there is something about what is happening that is troubling him. The enjambment applied here by Shakespeare is especially effective as it conveys a feeling of importance of the supposedly unwelcome information he is about to disclose; although he says he is not going to ‘Admit impediments’ –in this context, obstacles in the way of love. The caesura in the middle of line 2 gives the next statement a feeling of emotion and provides substance. The enjambment for the sentence “Love is not love/which alters when it altercation finds” gives an impression of true lovers being truthful to each other. Shakespeare has shifted the mood from one bordering on the negative to a more positive one. The constancy used in this line and the next, “Or bends with the remover to remove”, ascertains the fact that definite love does not change. The colon put to use at the end of this quatrain is indicative that in the following quatrain the poet will describe in detail a situation. The second quatrain uses metaphors portrays love as many...
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