Sonnet 116 And Everlasting True Love

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The belief that distance and time can alter everlasting true love is exactly what poisons love. William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116” was written for a lover who does not know of his love for her. John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” was written for his lover to show her that he will still love her no matter how far away he is from her. William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116” and John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” similarly explores the theme of everlasting true love. However, the poems differ in rhyme scheme and the techniques used to convey the message. The poets use these tools to convey that everlasting true love does in fact exist. Although both speak passionately about said love, only Donne has actually experienced it. In Line 8 of “Sonnet 116” Shakespeare personifies love as a guiding star that “looks on tempests and is never shaken”. The “tempests” is a metaphor for any obstacle that the lovers may face in their relationship, such as arguments and time, to illuminate the love that guides the lovers through the “tempests”. Shakespeare utilizes the personification to construct an extended metaphor comparing love to a guiding star. Shakespeare also personifies Time when mentioning that “Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks”. This is personification because the line indicates that the hours and weeks belong to Time. However, the line also infers that love cannot be altered by what Time possesses, which is time. The ending couplet serves
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