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Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare deals with the issues of love throughout “Sonnet 116” 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. “The marriage of true minds” (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, “admit impediments” 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 “kissing cousins” 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 culture’s obstructions. Often you can find lovers drifting apart and trying to take paths of their own. When a couple is willing and eager to enjoying each other’s company early in a relationship, and then goes separate ways it is considered an alteration. However, Shakespeare describes love as one that does not transform when paths of interest divide. Different things can cause division such as different careers, different ideas in child rearing, or simply what type of milk to drink. Although love does not separate when ideas divide, neither does it bend for rules of divorce. A “remover”(4) would be physically or mentally distracting to one of the two lovers. The remover could be a person, circumstance, or incident that separate...

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