The Analysis of Sonnet 116

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The analysis of Sonnet 116 With poetic repetition and figurative language, Shakespeare in Sonnet 116 discusses and demonstrates his perception of love which is steadfast when confronting any difficulties. This sonnet is divided into four parts——three quatrains and a couplet employing the rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. From the strong rhyme pattern and rhythm, we are directly aware of Shakespeare’s emotional praise for true love and his intensely criticism on false love. In the first quatrain, Shakespeare initially straightforward declares his stand on true love with a powerful negative sentence “Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments.” Then he employs parallelism to display how false love shows: every time when it confronts impediments or temptation, it will depart away. In the second quatrain, Shakespeare vivifies true love to make it pictorial through simile. He first describes love as an ever-fixèd mark keeping standing firm in the storm of tempests. Then he compares love to star, giving guidance to “every wandering bark”. And both worth is too high to be calculated. While in the third quatrain, personification is applied to portray love’s connotation. Love and Time appear as a man. Within the compass of Time’s sharp “bending sickle”, physical beauty like “rosy lips and cheeks” declines day by day. However, Love is unacted on Time’s blight; instead, he tolerates all these impairments until doomsday. Finally in the couplet, Shakespeare emphasizes correctness of his comprehension of love with a strong emotion and tough remarks “If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.” Through various rhetoric and passionate expressions, Shakespeare reveals the true meaning of love that true love never alters with impediments or fades with
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