Meter in Sonnet 116

Meter Examples in Sonnet 116:

Sonnet 116 1

"shaken..."   (Sonnet 116)

The word “shaken” ends the line with a feminine rhyme, a multisyllabic word that ends on an unstressed syllable. This weakens the meter. In the case of the word “shaken,” form and content come together. The implied image, after all, is that of a shaken ship.