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Shakespeares Sonnet 116 I have been touched by many poems throughout my short time dabbling in poetry but none so much as a beautiful sonnet sketched from the magical pen of William Shakespeare I spent one non-eventful day surfing through his near 200 published sonnets and I distinctly remember one catching my eye and touching me on a deeper level than any piece of writing I have ever perused Id like to do an analysis of the 14 lined poem describing and explaining its words phrases and ideas to help myself as well as others grasp a better understanding of the beauty behind this poem It is my personal belief that the content of this writing descriptively describes the essence of true love It is a short but profound exploration into the idea that surrounds the term love using the Sonnet form and imagery to perfection in his quest to set the record straight Lets first understand some of the structural requirements of a sonnet Being that there are two forms of a sonnet this one written by Shakespeare it is obvious which form it takes The rhyme scheme is ababcdcdefefgg the gg being the couplet of the poem and usually having a defining feature about it This holds true in Sonnet 116 but that is to be discussed later on We will begin with the first sentence of the poem 1a Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments An interesting introductory sentence one that sets the tone for the poem to stress the idea of love instead of lust The term true minds suggests a union that is non-physical platonic and idealistic Shakespeare is also not admitting impediments An impediment can be thought of as an obstacle or a barrier He refuses to admit them to the marriage of true minds which could be prevented by legal impediments such as being underage or already being married This is likely
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