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One book, a Critical Survey of Shakespeare's Sonnets, talked about how Sonnet 116 discussed love and time and its unchanging nature. The sonnet was discussed among other critical theories, which shows the discussion around it in a scholarly aspect. I think it is easy for us to forget that there are so many choices available when it comes to interpreting our work, and that scholarly and non scholarly research can be invaluable in their own ways.
Sparknotes discusses the concept of love in sonnet 116. The site discusses how love is always present, perfect, and unchanging. This interpretation is similar to scholarly sources, but also gives insights that are more relatable today. This source showed the urgency and conviction in the speaker's voice.
In Sense and Sensibility, this scene has them quoting this sonnet, and sparks are flying (not really but that's what we're led to believe). https://m.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=26uln020c#/watch?v=du9x5TT3rDs
This video helped me to better understand the value of oral performance in context, and how people would have used these sonnets as a way to woo others.
I got on Facebook and posted a general question about what I should write a sonnet on. While it was not focused on 116, the answers I received dealt with love. One comment was to write "vivid love metaphors that are uncomfortable to read." People tend to associate sonnets and Shakespeare with love, and an awkward love at that as this example taught me. It is interesting to see how people automatically characterize these sonnets.