Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

Your PW editor is off to a wedding this weekend (and a much needed vacation). In that spirit, here's one of my favorite Shakespeare sonnets.


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 wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his heighth be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
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.



William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

17 Comments:

Anonymous Jane Hamilton said...

W.S is the all time Best!! None better than him...literally. The Father of all things literary.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Chandini said...

The old English palls at times, but what majestic thoughts!
As undergraduates we had a whole paper on Shakespeare.
Some lines are timeless - so are these.

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Blogger Scheyenne Zigzag said...

this guy is good. he should write more often.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Missy Ricco said...

Love, the ancient and unrelenting topic of poet, musician, artist, man.
We have written about it since we learnt to write. Shakespeare’s, were some of the best.

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Blogger Walking by faith in God said...

"love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds"

I have that quote as my "motto" portion of my myspace page :)

Sonnet 116 is one of my favorite of his sonnets. They are so beautiful.

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Blogger Anchal the Ace said...

Love's no times fool !
what a wonderful way to say that Love is immortal !

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Blogger Kaustubh Moghe said...

How about the second part of the sonnet as an entry?

May be you also would like to add an entry to William Ernest Henley
http://www.poetry-archive.com/h/i_am_the_reaper.html

Cheers!!

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Anonymous Cynthiayhpk said...

"love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds" I have that quote as my "motto" portion of my myspace page :) Sonnet 116 is one of my favorite of his sonnets. They are so beautiful.

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