“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds”
by William Shakespeare
The reason this poem meets the requirements of a sonnet is because, the sonnet contains 14 line with a rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, 3 lines stanzas, Iambic pentameter, each line in this poem contains self rhymes meaning the rhymes are not shared and the closing couplet pair of rhymed line set apart. The main theme to this poem is ‘true love’ seems to be defined as something which is unchanging.
The first stanza describes how love stands firm regardless of the obstacles two lovers face, such as being unfaithful. He sees love as basically very black and white, stating clearly what he believes love does and does not involve.
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 fixed mark
The second stanza discusses the matter in which “love is”. The poet infers that love is constant and cannot be altered by any form of destruction.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Turn and Third Stanza.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
This final stanza, the poet made a drastic turn from explaining his beliefs about love to defining what love is not. He compares love to “rosy lips and cheeks”, which he conveys love fades in time.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
In the couplet, the speaker attests to his certainty that love is as he says: if his statements can be proved to be error, he reveals, he must never have written a word, and no man can ever have been in love. This basically conclude the poem and sets the reader thinking about what love is and...