Sonnet 116, by William Shakespeare 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-fixèd mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheek 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 proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Which of the following statements best describes how lines 1–12 in Sonnet 116 develop the ideas of the poem?
The third quatrain develops ideas different than those expressed in the first two quatrains.
All of the quatrains express a single thought in different ways.
Each quatrain shows the speaker’s feelings of love from a different perspective.
The meaning of the poem changes in the second quatrain.