Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds

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LET ME TO THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS (Sonnet 116) First publication date : 1609 William Shakespeare (1564-1616) William Shakespeare, the Immortal Poet and Dramatist:- William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest English dramatist and poet. His plays, written in blank verse with some prose, can be broadly divided into lyric plays , comedies, historical plays, and tragedies,. He also wrote numerous sonnets. Born in Stratford-on-Avon, the son of a wool dealer, he was educated at the grammar school, and in 1582 married Anne Hathaway. By 1592 Shakespeare was established in London as an actor and a dramatist, and from 1594 he was an important member of the Lord Chamberlain's Company of actors. Shakespeare was the leading playwright of the company and one of its business directors; he also continued to act. About 1593 he came under the patronage of the Earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated his long poems and seems to have dedicated to him his sonnets written around 1593-96. The present sonnet also comes in the same category. The mysterious `Dark Lady´ also appears in these sonnets. He retired to Stratford about 1610, where he died on 23 April 1616. He was buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity, Stratford.

William Shakespeare, the Immortal Poet and Dramatist:-

William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest English dramatist and poet. His plays, written in blank verse with some prose, can be broadly divided into lyric plays , comedies, historical plays, and tragedies,. He also wrote numerous sonnets.

Born in Stratford-on-Avon, the son of a wool dealer, he was educated at the grammar school, and in 1582 married Anne Hathaway. By 1592 Shakespeare was established in London as an actor and a dramatist, and from 1594 he was an important member of the Lord Chamberlain's Company of actors. Shakespeare was the leading playwright of the company and one of its business directors; he also continued to act.

About 1593 he came under the patronage of the Earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated his long poems and seems to have dedicated to him his sonnets written around 1593-96. The present sonnet also comes in the same category. The mysterious `Dark Lady´ also appears in these sonnets. He retired to Stratford about 1610, where he died on 23 April 1616. He was buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity, Stratford.

Theme of the Sonnet- Shakespeare, here, throws light on the nature of true love. True love is the union or fusion of true minds. The poet says that no obstacle is possible in the meeting of two hearts. The poet thinks that true love is permanent and changeless.

Shakespeare, here, throws light on the nature of true love. True love is the union or fusion of true minds. The poet says that no obstacle is possible in the meeting of two hearts. The poet thinks that true love is permanent and changeless.

What is True Love- This sonnet is addressed to his friend and patron The Earl of Southampton. In this sonnet Shakespeare writes about nature of true love, which is permanent and unchanging. A true lover does not change the object of love .the poet compares the true love to a light house. A light house is built on seashore to guide ships. Ships change their course in tempts. They are violently shaken in tempests but the lighthouse remains ever fixed on its place . It does not care for storms. Similarly true lovers do not change their mind even when they face many difficulties. It is not a give and take relationship. He says – Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken ; The poet compares true love to the pole star also. all other stars in the sky rise and set , appear and disappear but the pole star constantly shines at the same place. True love is stable and permanent like the pole star- It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken

This sonnet is addressed to his friend and patron The Earl of Southampton. In this sonnet Shakespeare writes about nature of true love, which is permanent and unchanging. A true lover does not change the object of love .the poet compares the true love to a light house. A light house is built on seashore to guide ships. Ships change their course in tempts. They are violently shaken in tempests but the lighthouse remains ever fixed on its place . It does not care for storms. Similarly true lovers do not change their mind even when they face many difficulties. It is not a give and take relationship. He says –

Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,

That looks on tempests and is never shaken ;

The poet compares true love to the pole star also. all other stars in the sky rise and set , appear and disappear but the pole star constantly shines at the same place. True love is stable and permanent like the pole star-

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken

Eternity of True Love- The poet differentiates True love from physical beauty. The physical beauty grows and declines with time . It is always changing from birth to death. In our old age we become very ugly. This does happen with true love. True love is immortal. Time has no control over love . Time is a great destroyer. It can destroy everything in nature. It changes beauty and youth into sickness and ugliness. However time is powerless before love. It does not grow old and decay. It does not change with hours, weeks, and even with centuries. The true love survives till the Dooms Day or the Judgment Day.

The poet differentiates True love from physical beauty. The physical beauty grows and declines with time . It is always changing from birth to death. In our old age we become very ugly. This does happen with true love. True love is immortal. Time has no control over love . Time is a great destroyer. It can destroy everything in nature. It changes beauty and youth into sickness and ugliness. However time is powerless before love. It does not grow old and decay. It does not change with hours, weeks, and even with centuries. The true love survives till the Dooms Day or the Judgment Day.

Personification- The poet has personified ‘time’. ‘Time’ is like a reaper with a sickle in his hand . ‘Time’ is cutting the harvest of human beings with his sickle. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come;

The poet has personified ‘time’. ‘Time’ is like a reaper with a sickle in his hand . ‘Time’ is cutting the harvest of human beings with his sickle.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle's compass come;

Metaphors and Similes-- Shakespeare’s sonnets are rich in metaphors and similes. Marriage of true minds is a metaphor.. The poet compares it to a lighthouse which is ever fixed on a seashore. The poet calls love ‘an ever-fixed mark’. It is not shaken in the tempests. This is a symbol of changelessness. Further the poet compares true love to the pole star ‘ It is the star to every wandering bark’. The pole star is the symbol of permanence.

Shakespeare’s sonnets are rich in metaphors and similes. Marriage of true minds is a metaphor.. The poet compares it to a lighthouse which is ever fixed on a seashore. The poet calls love ‘an ever-fixed mark’. It is not shaken in the tempests. This is a symbol of changelessness. Further the poet compares true love to the pole star ‘ It is the star to every wandering bark’. The pole star is the symbol of permanence.

Powerful Phrases- Shakespeare coins new words and phrases in his poems .He is a great coiner of words we find many new phrases in this poem. For example- ‘marriage of true minds’, ‘ever-fixed mark’, ‘Time's fool’, and ‘bending sickle's compass’ etc. These words are old but their combination is new.

Shakespeare coins new words and phrases in his poems .He is a great coiner of words we find many new phrases in this poem. For example- ‘marriage of true minds’, ‘ever-fixed mark’, ‘Time's fool’, and ‘bending sickle's compass’ etc. These words are old but their combination is new.

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