The Marriage of True Minds
“The Marriage of True Minds” by William Shakespeare, actually known as “Sonnet 116”, is a beautiful love poem. The whole poem is mainly about how true love is permanent and everlasting. The writer uses many metaphors to compare love to and uses a stately tone. Shakespeare speaks of love as if it were human to express the importance of it. He tells us how genuine love can be and even when his partner changes and gets older, his love for her will not change. His love will be an eternal love that will stay with him until his death. Though the theme of this poem romance, love and its strength, the ways he explains his love through metaphors is impressive. Shakespeare says that love is not affected by time and its passing. Time is love’s most powerful enemy and however powerful time is, he is certain that love is still stronger. He also says that love is so strong that even when they grow older, it will still be there, whereas physical beauty fades. Love doesn’t change or stop even when that the person he feels affection for does. He states that “Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending sickle’s compass come” (720). At first, the question I had was “Why did he refer to a sickle?’ The reference to the sickle, a handheld agricultural tool with a sharp curved blade, shows just how much of a threat Shakespeare views time. Like death, time too carries his sickle waiting to steal love that is based on the beauty of youth, but love cannot be fooled by time. Love cannot be measured in “brief hours and weeks” (720), for love is eternal and it “bears it out even to the edge of doom” (720). He gives many metaphors in this poem that expresses his thoughts on love and how it is stable. Shakespeare is making a declaration of his thoughts on love and I happen to agree with him. He says that love does not "alter when it alteration finds" or "bend with the remove to remove" (719). If love is altered by another, a “remover”...
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