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Sonnet No. 116

Questions on Shakespeare’s - Sonnet No.116

Sonnet 116


Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove.

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

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

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

Within his bending sickle’s compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me prov’d,

I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.


– William Shakespeare

Questions & Answers


  1. The poem sonnet no 116 speaks about?

Ans: Love.


  1. Is the author had shown the only the positives in the poem?

Ans: No. He has said how love should be and also how should not be.


  1. What the author is not ready to admits?

Ans: That love has restriction.


  1. Does true love changes with changing, according to author?

Ans: No.


  1. The author states love as a permanent mark which is unshaken despite what?

Ans: It is unshaken despite the harsh wind of change.


  1. Why love is compared to star?

Ans: The Pole star will be fixed and be as a guide to wandering ship, as like the love is fixed.


  1. To which direction the pole star be always?

Ans: North


  1. Is true love is subject to change of time?

Ans: No. Although beautiful faces do fall victim to the sweep of time’s curved scythe.


  1. What the author shows as a proof for true love?

Ans: The author says his own works as a proof for the true love.


  1. Why the author shows his own work as a proof of true love?

Ans: As his writings were known to everyone, it cannot be said that he had never written anything. Hence, this fixed thing is used as a proof for true love.

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