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What is the central idea in sonnet 116?


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March 25, 2010 5:22PM

Sonnet 116 has the central idea or argument of the eternity of love. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ admit impediments" which if paraphrased means, 'let me not admit any disagreement in the union between people with true minds'. He states that love is not true love if it alters with those who try to alter it. He says true love is the one which moves unshaken amid all the obstacles that it comes across (tempests). "It is an ever-fixed mark" he says emphasizing the eternity of true love, which according to him exists until the day of reckoning ("doom").

His emphasis is so strong that he goes to the extent of saying that if he had made mistake by claiming the eternity of true love, it would be as much impossible as it would be that he had never written anything or any man in this world would have never loved, "I never writ, nor no man ever loved".