Sonnet No.116 Essay

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Sonnet No.116 William Shakespeare was born in Stratford- upon-Avon in the year 1564. He was a great dramatist and a well-known poet. He has written 154 sonnets and 37 plays. His plays are divided into Tragedy, Comedy, Romance and Historical plays. His creations are relished by his readers even today. The Renaissance dramatist Ben Jonson describes Shakespeare as “Sweet Swan of Avon” and says that “He was not of an age, but for all time.” S.T. Coleridge a poet and a close friend of William Wordsworth mention Shakespeare as “Myriad-minded” person. “Sonnet No.116” by William Shakespeare provides the definition of love. The poet makes his point clear from the first line that true love always perseveres, despite any obstacles that may arise. He goes on to define love by what it doesn’t do, claiming that it stays constant, even though people and circumstances may change. Love never dies, even when someone tries to destroy it. Rather than being something that comes and goes, love is eternal and unchanging. The poet compares love to the North Star, which never moves in the sky and guides lost ships home. In the second quatrain, the speaker tells what love is through a metaphor: a guiding star to lost ships that is not susceptible to storms. The poet says that the metaphorical star is mysterious and perhaps incomprehensible even though we can chart its location. “It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken” In the third quatrain the poet moves on to a new image, and says that mortality isn’t an issue for true love, which doesn’t fade even when youth and beauty disappear. Love doesn’t change as the days go by, rather it remains strong until the lover’s dying day.
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