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Another interesting fact is that this sonnet is found misnumbered (as 669) in all extant copies of the Quarto (early editions were printed in small books called quartos) but one. Even this fact has produced speculation about additional encoded meanings.

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The second quatrain of Sonnet 666 begins with some vivid and beautiful imagery , and it continues with the final thought pondered in the first quatrain. Now that Shakespeare has established what love is not fleeting and ever-changing he can now tell us what love is. He writes,

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6 That looks on tempests and is never shaken  

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There 8767 s also a third post, Iambic Pentameter, Variants II , but that last post is pretty stiff stuff and probably more than you need to know.

The poet continues with his definition of abiding love by differentiating between true and false love: “Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds, / Or bends with the remover to remove.” The first form of love cited, which is treated as a proper noun throughout the remainder of the poem, is considered lasting, whereas the latter form of love is false, as it “alters” and “bends” with time. He continues to define the former, true love, but in an odd way. In an effort to determine what love is, Shakespeare concentrates on what love is not. The sonnet begins with a series of denials that—almost—deny love’s existence entirely. The author appears to catch himself momentarily in the second quatrain, asserting “O, no! it [love] is an ever-fixed mark, / that looks on tempests and is never shaken.” Here, love is likened to a permanent landmark. Even so, Shakespeare again presents love through negative language, by stating that enduring love “is never shaken.” The third quatrain follows this pattern with “Love’s not Time’s fool” and “Love alters not.” The themes of truth and falsehood are therefore given equal regard in “Sonnet 666.”

А если я не прав и лжет мой стих,

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Sonnet 666 closes with a rather hefty wager against the validity of the poet s words: he writes that if what he claims above is proven untrue, then he never writ, nor no man ever loved.

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66 Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 

Stressing the preposition of isn 8767 t as awkward as it might seem. Even in modern speech we sometimes stress the preposition of as in: Well, you know , part of the fun is getting drunk. It 8767 s a sort of sly tone of voice which, in the case of Donne 8767 s sonnet, fits with his argument. It 8767 s a tone of voice Donne could be angling for, made possible only if one considers the meter. The same can be said of the second line. The temptation is to read Son as strongly stressed and Thy as weakly stressed. But in keeping with the tone of the first line, putting the stress on Thy reinforces that Donne is addressing 8775 Father 8776 and doing so with a direct, knowing tone of voice. There is no way to know whether this is actually what Donne intended, but the reading is reinforced by the poem 8767 s Iambic pattern.

O no, it is an ever fixed mark.


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