In short, he says as much about what love is not as what love is, as if negative definitions are more within his understanding.
Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 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 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.
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 ev'n to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon m e proved,i I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Knights suggested, in one of his cryptic critical asides, that the difficulties of Shakespeare's Sonnet had never been squarely faced. The situation has not changed much since: In particular it seeks to modify or set aside two recent affirmations.
The first is that "although a dramatic situation is implied" in the poem, "neither speaker, audience, nor occasion is particularized. The second is that "Sonnet has simple clear content; indeed, its first clause aside, it is one of the few Shakespeare sonnets that can be paraphrased without brutality.
I shall also suggest that, while the surface is indeed clear and beautiful, it is disturbed by small ripples that betray the presence of large rocks.
The central problem of the poem has been neatly posed by John Doebler: The "alteration" in line three has been thought to mean the betrayal, or the indifference, or the flight of the beloved, cruel possibilities which would not, however, affect the constancy of the poet's love.
But the reference in the opening line to the "marriage of true minds," rather than to the marriage of a true mind and a potentially false mind an impedimentoffers some difficulty to this widely accepted interpretation.
The difficulty is a formidable one. It is not to be resolved by pretending that one of the apparently contradictory elements is not really present. If, as Doebler finds himself arguing, the traditional reading of the sonnet is incorrect—if, in fact, there has been no betrayal, indifference, or flight—it is difficult to see what all the fuss is about.
To say that no frivolous impediment should be allowed to stand in the way of a marriage between two minds whose truth and constancy has never been seriously in T. Nelson question is to say what nobody needs to be told.
That, however, is not quite what the poem does say. It must imply that the speaker knows of possible objections but is telling himself not to take any notice of them.
Who, then, is the speaker and in what circumstances does he speak? The choice of the word "impediments" offers a clue. It is agreed that it alludes to the moment in the marriage service when the minister invites the parties to state any objections they may have to the marriage.
A parallel usage of the word occurs in Much Ado About Nothing, when the Friar asks if either bride or groom knows of any "inward impediment" which might prevent solemnization. Who is it that would be called upon, in the event of alleged impediments to a marriage being cited, to decide whether they ought to be judged admissible or not?
Presumably the judge in an ecclesiastical court. That this is the persona adopted in the poem seems likely in view of the distinctively legal language with which the poem begins and ends: If this be error and upon m e proved.
If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'. You are not currently authenticated. View freely available titles:Sonnet is one of my favourite sonnets written by William Shakespeare.
This sonnet gives a definition of love by giving examples of what love is and what love is not. When reading this sonnet I automatically think of 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter of the Bible.
In some ways both of these passages are very similar/5. Shakespeare – Sonnet Analysis and interpretation Sonnet was written by William Shakespeare and published in William Shakespeare was an English writer and poet, and has written a lot of famous plays, amongst them Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare – Sonnet Analysis and interpretation Sonnet was written by William Shakespeare and published in William Shakespeare was an English writer and poet, and has written a lot of famous plays, . Start studying Literature Sonnets.
Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Sonnet figurative language. Metaphor: love is compares to a guiding star due to fate he lost him on a day; he goes on to say that he has given up thoughts of being a father but will mourn being a father; he questions.
Sonnet Essentials Shakespeare's sonnets are written predominantly in a meter called iambic pentameter, a rhyme scheme in which each sonnet line consists of ten syllables. The syllables are divided into five pairs called iambs or iambic feet.
Lines of sonnet compare love to a landmark or star that guides ships in rough seas The reason given by the poet for concentrating on Satan is that Satan.