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Sonnet 116 Shakespeare expresses ideas through the language and imagery in sonnet 162 It uses a variety of rhymes images and tones to present his definition of true love The sonnet follows the conventional abab rhyming form using both full rhymes and half rhymes Shakespeare employs half rhymes in the sonnet to express the value of love Half rhymes are used for loveremove to show the incompleteness of love when there is an alteration The last pair of half rhymes provedloved emphasises the challenge that Shakespeare puts forward asking if his definitions of love can be proven wrong all which he has written is false Another rhyme used is shaken taken This is a feminine rhyme because the accent is on the last syllable It suits the word shaken because it further enhances the instability of the word One of the main images of the sonnet is that of sailing and journeys These images are all elements of Shakespeares definition of love There are the tempests which although are part of love do not affect it There is also the star which leads the wandering bark a metaphor for a ship Love has comparisons with travel and ships the alteration could be a change in the journey of the wandering bark but the ever-fixed mark is the destination of the journey the one which the star guides the wandering bark to The second group of images are of death and of time and is still associated with love Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks which means that love is remains unaffected by time but still remains youthful and full of beauty The image of love as rosy lips and cheeks also brings up the image of Cupid or Eros the Greek god of love This image of youthfulness is shown to be almost invincible against the almost sinister image of time with a bending sickle which also brings to mind
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