The Virtues Of Love In Shakespeare's "Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds"

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William Shakespeare's "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" is a Shakespearean or English sonnet that attempts to determine the true meaning of love. The dictation used to write this sonnet reveals a number of meanings to readers. The speaker uses the imagery to compare love to a ship lost at sea. The writer often uses caesuras, in this poem, which applies emphasis on some parts of the poem. The author uses many elements to define what true love is not; then, he moves on to tell what true love is and how it withstands the test of time.
The first quatrain paints a picture of what love is not. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments; love is not love" (lines ...view middle of the document...

The second quatrain reveals imagery by comparing love to a ship lost in a storm: "O, no, it is an ever-fixed mark / That looks on tempests and is never shaken" (lines 5-6). The words "O, no," (line 5) indicate the turning point where the speaker is telling the listener what love is in the second quatrain. In lines 5-6, the speaker is saying that true love is always being there for one another, and love never gives into temptations. When the speaker talks about the "ever-fixed mark" (line 5), he uses the image of a lighthouse as a metaphor to that mark. A lighthouse is built strong to withstand through a storm. The speaker is saying that true love always withstands through difficult situations between lovers. The lighthouse is always there, as a guide, when ships need it the most. True love is always being there for your lover, like a guide, when he or she is close to hitting rock bottom. Love is also related to a star in the second quatrain: "It is the star to every wandering bark, / Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken" (lines 8-9). In these lines, the speaker is stating that true love is also turning to your lover when you need guidance, or advice, so that no one gets lost. Here, the speaker is referring to a lost ship, when he talks about the "wandering bark" (line 7). In line 8, the speaker is saying that true love will go to extraordinary lengths for each other and never doubt it. This is the instinct of two people who truly love one another. The last line in the second quatrain paints a picture of a star being so far in the sky above, that no man knows the value of the star.
In the third quatrain, love is described in relation to time: "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending sickle's compass come (lines 9-10). In these two lines, the speaker is...

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