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‘Sonnet 116’

‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare revision notes GCSE English Ormerod

PoemKey Points
‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare SUMMARY About love as an idea. Proposes that, if it is true, love is one of life's constants which does not change with time or circumstance.
‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare THEMES Love is priceless. Love is a constant - it does not change with circumstance.
‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare FEELINGS Devotion. Constancy. True love.
‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare STRUCTURE Shakespearean sonnet = 14 lines. Three stanzas of 4 lines with a final couplet. Rhyme a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g. Regular pattern. Iambic pentameter. Final couplet changes mood of poem.
‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare LANGUAGE Opening lines echo Christian marriage ceremony. Repeated pairs of words 'alters when it alteration finds' Uses opposites/negatives to describe what love is not. Metaphors using natural imagery. Love enduring. Uses extremes for emphasis 'edge of doom'
‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare KEY QUOTES ‘Time’s fool’ ‘it is the star to every wand’ring bark’ ‘to the edge of doom’
‘Sonnet 116’ William Shakespeare LINKS TO… ‘To His Coy Mistress’ the effects of aging on love ‘The Manhunt’ constancy and true love
Created by: lesleycollins



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