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Informal Online Source - I looked at SparkNotes. What stood out to me is that it explains how tame and ordinary the poem is in terms of imagery and use of metaphors. I guess that speaking of rosy cheeks and love as a guiding star was pretty standard. This got me thinking, if it's so plain, why is is so famous? As I read on, I found my answer. What is remarkable about the poem is that it masterfully captures the powerful passions of love in strictly structured, rhetorically sound lines.
Media Source - While searching for images, I came across the picture below. I tired to think really hard what this had to do with Sonnet 116. Neither of them look particularly happy; in fact, the girl looks like she is trying to sit as far away from him as possible. There is a seemingly insignificant plant between them. They look plain. And then it hit me: Shakespeare's poem is plain. The plainness represents the structure. Love can be symbolized by many things: the light coming in, the growing plant, the fixed chairs. However, I think love is portrayed by the paper crane in the tree. "Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken"--that is the line that, for me, is the crane.
Social Source - My friend Kirsti sent me this text when I asked her for her thoughts: "From what I get, it's basically saying that love is something way more deep and profound than something that just changes on a whim. It's constant and timeless and endures. And in the end, he says, if that's not love, then he doesn't know what it would be. It's actually very beautiful. Goodness, Shakespeare has a way with words!" From her commentary, I thought about how Shakespeare really didn't know how to describe love any better: it is timeless/eternal.