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Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds Or bends with the remover to remove O no it is an ever-fix mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken It is the star to every wandring bark Whose worths unknown although his height be taken Loves not times fool though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickles compass come Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks But bears it out evn to the edge of doom If this be error and upon me proved I never writ nor no man ever loved A ravishing poem one of the best loved and most frequently cited sonnets in English but doesnt it refute my premises The argument appears to be abstract or philosophical not personal at all not interested in the narrow sense And impediment which I have claimed the sonnet requires is named by the poet only so that he may specifically disallow it What shall we make of the contradiction Let me not the poem begins in the imperative mood Its action is semantic -- it aims to delineate the allowable parameters of love -- and its goal appears to be air-tightness I will not grant the poet asserts that love includes impediments If it falters it is not love The love I have in mind is a beacon a seamark or navigational guide to sailors it is a north star Like that star it exceeds all narrow comprehension its worths unknown its height alone the navigators basis for calculation is sufficient to guide us The poems ideal is unwavering faith and it purports to perform its own ideal Odd then isnt it how much of the argument proceeds by means of negation let me not love is not O no and so forth Perhaps the poet is less confident than he appears to be
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