Sonnet 116, also known by its first line "Let me not to the marriage of true minds," is one of Shakespeare's most famous sonnets. Shakespeare's sonnets usually twist and turn, often appearing different by the end of their lines than they did at the beginning. Shakespeare's wit is usually subversive, but in Sonnet 116 his prose is clear, honest and loyal.
There are a few ways that Shakespeare uses musicality to evoke the meaning in Sonnet 116. Through assonance, Shakespeare reveals beautiful, whole and open sounds. If you examine the vowels in the first five lines, you will notice a repeated use of long sounds, such as the "oo" in remove, "ai" in minds, and the fun diphthong in alteration. These sounds create an image of a speaker who is in love. It feels as if the speaker is almost sighing over the person they speak about in the sonnet. Also, the alliteration in the sonnet speaks volumes. Shakespeare uses B, P, V, D and T often, which are all placed at the front of the mouth. What do lovers often use? Their lips! Shakespeare demands you use your lips when speaking this sonnet.