WHAT IS THE FEMINIST VIEW OF THE POEM "LET ME NOT TO THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE?FEMINIST AND MARXIST VIEW

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A feminist would approve of this sonnet, I would think. The sonnet argues for the constancy of love:

O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

A feminist would therefore approve of love that was everlasting. Plus, it argues that love does not fade just because a woman ages (in this sonnet, it is a woman):

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come

Even if a woman ages and no longer has "rosy lips and cheeks" - love should be constant, and not come and go with youth.

Love is forever and should not end or grow old with time:

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom

"Until death do us part" - so to speak. In the end, Shakespeare says that if these ideas are not so, than he is not a writer and he does not know what love is:

If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved

But this is a poetic device and what he means is that he is certain that he is correct.

There isn't anything that goes against Feminism in this sonnet. It elevates women -- unless you are talking about an extreme femininist view that men are trash and no one needs them, and who cares about love, it's all a male plot to subjugate women, blah blah blah.......