Indestructible Love Essay

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Indestructible Love Shakespeare's sonnet CXVI represents one of the most powerful poems defending true love. While being such a simple poem, the lines in sonnet CXVI effectively grasp the focus of endless love. Morality is not a worry in love, it is non existent. True love remains solid through any disruptive path of time and even though our physical beauty fades, our love carries on and becomes immortal. Shakespeare opens this poem with his opinion of how true love should be. There is no reason to why the “marriage of true minds” that truly love each other should not be bound together (1). The sense that love isn't really love if it changes by itself, allows itself to be changed, or is changed if the beloved changed or disappears is presented in the first quatrain. Shakespeare uses alliteration in lines 2-4 to express his idea that “love is not love/Which alters when it alteration finds,/Or bends with the remover to remove”. Alliteration helps the lines to flow effortlessly while emphasizing his point of each phrase. True love does not alter and should not alter because of anything, and if it does, it is not love. These four lines are energetically consistent in the way they portray true love as indestructible. Shakespeare is emphasizing his thought and observation on how stable true love should be. III: The author uses a series of metaphors in the second quatrain to suggest how objects can be similar to a concept. As stated before, true love is indestructible...”O no, it is an ever-fixed mark/That looks on tempests and is never shaken” (5-6). Shakespeare is referring to how a lighthouse is used at sea to explain how fixed the love is and is never shaken. The lighthouse “is the star to every wand'ring bark,/Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken” (7-8). This bright light acts as a star to Vazquez 2 every
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