Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 15, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Sonnet 116

by William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616).

 

Sonnet 116: “Let me not to the marriage of true minds…”

 

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-fixed mark                                                               5

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 cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come:                                   10

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. 

 

Notes:

http://www.gradesaver.com/classicnotes/titles/shakespeare/section13.html

http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/xsonnetanalysis.html#116


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