William Shakespeare deals with the issues of love throughout â€śSonnet 116â€ť in the traditional English sonnet method. Shakespeare displays what love is and is not throughout the three quatrains. He makes his point in the ending couplet. Love is ever pure and strong when it is based on true love; it does not change with circumstance or time. Shakespeare displays love of soul mates through well-depicted descriptions and metaphors.
True minds do not hold true in the marriage of physical union. â€śThe marriage of true mindsâ€ť (1) differs because it is not controlled by the state imposed regulations of marriage between two individuals. Although the Sonnet is implying the marriage of the minds is a spiritual union between two parallel people. The parallel people then form a mutual bond between their minds. In line two, he says, â€śadmit impedimentsâ€ť showing the reader to not let culture or circumstance hinders the marriage of the parallel minds.
In marriages there are different impediments for each culture. In some cultures it is wrong to be â€śkissing cousinsâ€ť and while in other you can only have one spouse at a time. However, Shakespeare says let no marriage of soul mates be interfered upon by cultureâ€™s obstructions.
It is concise and does not change with the hours or weeks. Love is not changed or deceived by time, rather it keeps it"tms youth. Love"tms value is not always foreseen until it comes a time of a family crisis or such. Although legal marriages have barriers, the speaker does not believe in any such obstacles to the union between true lovers. No way! Love is like a rock, and storms can"tmt undermine it. "Within his bending sickle"tms compass come"(10), gives us reason to believe that it is being "harvested" to remain youthful as "though rosy lips and cheeks" (9). There are instruments to measure the "height" or distance to the stars; it does not seize the importance of being the direction to home. "If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ nor no man ever loved" (13-14). According to the speaker of this Sonnet, would adultery pull a beloved one physically away or even mentally Shakespeare says "bend with the remover to remove. A "remover"(4) would be physically or mentally distracting to one of the two lovers. In line seven of "Sonnet 116," a star is shown as guiding a ship. It has stood through years of natural occurrences, such as storms and nature"tms fury. Love is a constant guide to us as we sail through life, but we ca not really see it"tms true value even if we can quantify love somehow. When a couple is willing and eager to enjoying each other"tms company early in a relationship, and then goes separate ways it is considered an alteration.