Sonnet 116

As you can read in my bio, Shakespeare has had quite some influence on me. It’s because of his plays and poetry that I got interested in the English language and in English literature. So if you think about it, it’s kind of disgraceful that it took me so long to post a poem by him. Oh well, better late than never, right? Here it is: one of my favorite sonnets by The Bard.

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 wand’ring 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 prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

William Shakespeare


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