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Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald - EMAU

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What makes their marriage admirable ——my impression of It goes without saying that all people in the world expect admirable marriage, including myself of course. But after reading the book Pride and Prejudice, impressed by the love story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, I began to think more about what admirable love should be like instead of just expecting that blindly. There are four kinds of marriage in this novel, among which the one of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy obviously gains the most appreciation from us. And the personality of each character…

Let me not to the marriage of true minds


1st person narrator "Let me"


"Love is not love, which alters when it alteration finds"

Love is immutable and permanent. If it is inconstant, it is not love, then it must be something else. Love is the only thing that exceeds everything. Love surpasses challenges and endures difficult times.

When you have made a commitment to love, it is as if you have sealed your fate, and when that happens the love can endure even time.


- images

"The star to every wandering bark" It is the guiding light to every lost man and woman on earth. He speaks of the "ever-fixed mark" the North Star, "whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken" One can't truly measure this stars value, although the physical height can be calculated.

"Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come:" Love is timeless. Age will only befall physical beauty. This is a reference to death, the Grim Reaper (bending sickle's compass = the reaper).

- language

Like almost all the sonnets and other rhythmically decided genres, Shakespeare also uses abbreviations in Sonnet 116 to fit the rhythms and the meaning into the Sonnet form. Ex. "prov'd" and "lov'd".

- rhyme/rhythm

This sonnet uses the typical sonnet form, abab cdcd efef gg.

This sonnet is very rhythmically deviant:

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds"

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trochee dactyl dactyl spondee

"Admit impe - diments. Love is not love"

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iamb iamb pyrrhus trochee spondee

"Which alters when it altera - tion finds"

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trochee pyrrhus anapaest iamb

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"Or bends with the remover to remove:"

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iamb pyrrhus amphibrach anapaest


Love and subsequently, good love, which is what happens, when you face the fact that all relationships have flaws of some kind, because everyone are different. Good love is not something that lets itself be stirred by something as insignificant as for instance an argument.

Good love also remains the same, should it be subject to change. "[ .] Which alters when it alteration finds"

With the North Star symbolising love, "Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken" means that we're able to understand love to some degree, but it is very difficult to achieve the full grasp of it. Love's value is equal to the effort provided by the two lovers.


- renaissance features

The ideal Renaissance man was expected to be a philosopher, a musician and a poet in one. Shakespeare does all of these with his sonnets. He matches poetry with rhymes and rhythms, especially in his ability to match words with rhythms and syllables.

- comparing to other texts

Much like in sonnet 116, Shakespeare tries to tell us about the coherence between love and eternity in sonnet 18. It never shudders, not even when tempests shake the land. It is the one thing that will outlive man. Love is ever-present within man, animals and the literature that the two have provoked.

Sonnet 116 is yet another poem about love. It is clear that Shakespeare values love highly. He says that thinks perfect love should be strong and unwavering, "looks on tempests and is never shaken."

"Let me not to the marriage Admit impediments." He has no objections to true love.

He is so certain that this is the truth that he is willing to put all his poetry and all his work on the line in order to transmit this message to us. If Sonnet 116 does not speak the truth, then "I never writ, nor no man ever loved."

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