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1 Elisha Wallace Sophomore Seminar I 27 February 2019 The Theme of William Shakespeare’s “Let me not to the marriage of true minds” (Sonnet 116) Sonnet 116 is one of William Shakespeare's most well-known poem. It was apart of Shakespeare's 154 poems that focused on love and relationships. This analysis paper will focus on the theme of this poem. I will use the writing style of the poem and literary devices such as symbolism, personification, and metaphors to evaluate the theme and show how all these elements together helped to create such a famous poem. Sonnet 116 is a poem that was written as a way to define love. Shakespeare takes love and talks about it as if it is a force of nature that can withstand time. That is why the theme of this poem is love. He describes love as something consistent and constant. That if love is right it can guide you and last until death. At the final lines (Giona and Kennedy 611 line 13-14) Shakespeare is so certain about his interpretation of love that if he is wrong, he has never written and no man has never loved. To analysis this theme we need to first address Shakespeare’s writing style. This poem is in closed form, more specifically this is a poem in fixed form. A poem in fixed form “inherits from other poems certain familiar elements of structure (Gioia and Kennedy 610)”. This type of fixed form is called an English sonnet or Shakespearean sonnet because of its rime scheme that Shakespeare frequently uses. The rhyme clusters are ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.
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