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William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116

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,
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;
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.


3 comments on “William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116

  1. sharondoubiago
    February 14, 2016

    In my life this Shakespeare Sonnet, 116, has been foundation. My understanding, the base of my loves. I think that this was pretty female-based, a female experience, how we put up with our unloving men. My evolution has been in meditation of this truth, in seeking growth. thank you.   _______________________________________Hard Country,West End Press (epic poem); The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes, Graywolf Press (stories); El Nino, Lost Roads (stories); Psyche Drives the Coast, Empty Bowl Press (poetry); South America Mi Hija, U of Pittsburgh (booklength poem); The Husband Arcane     The Arcane of O, Gorda Plate Press (booklengthpoem); Body and Soul, Cedar HillPublications (poetry); Love on the Streets,U of Pittsburgh (poetry); My Father’sLove, Vols 1 & 2, Portrait of thePoet as a Child/as a Woman, Wild Ocean, (memoir); The Visit, Wild Ocean Press (booklength poem); I, Poet, Omerta Publications (sequenced poems)

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  2. Ingrid Barbosa
    February 14, 2016

    Deep and true notion of love! How can we ever feel that?

    (I’d like to show some of my work eventually, is it possible?)


  3. Pingback: William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116 | krista writes

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