Shakespeare's Sonnet 116

Topics: Love, Poetry, Poetic form Pages: 3 (999 words) Published: May 7, 2013
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116
I chose this poem somewhat at random since I felt that the main point of this assignment was to read a poem and interpret it for ourselves with no influence from others. I think the most disputable, if not confusing, aspect of this poem to me was whom it was addressed to. It sounded to me like it was either self-reflection about what love is, or perhaps more likely advice to another person about love. I would like to discuss the structure of the poem for just a moment. It is a standard sonnet structure that is extremely common, especially among William Shakespeare’s poems. It consists of three quatrains and a couplet to finish it off. I am not sure if that is the stone-cold definition of a sonnet, but it is nevertheless very common among these types of poems if not. I like the way that quatrains divide up poems to give them more order and separate different rhyme schemes. Excuse me if and when I sound ignorant, but I have never really liked poetry that did not have rhyme schemes. I think rhyming adds a whole other element to poetry, since poems are short, thoughtful, and expressive pieces of literature that, in my opinion, are more beautiful when they have little rhyme schemes in them. I respect the artistic elements of non-rhyming poetry, but I have never enjoyed it nearly as much. I digress. I will now discuss my full interpretation of the poem quatrain by quatrain. The first quatrain, “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:” sets the tone for the rest of the poem. The first sentence, which extends from line one to two, I think means that he believes in true love between two people. He is saying that he does not want to ‘admit impediments’ or say anything bad about marriage, or the ceremonious event of joining two ‘true minds’ together in a sense. He goes on to say, with the next two lines, that...
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