Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

I've posted about this poem (with analysis and explanation) before, so today I'm simply posting the poem, which is one I've been memorizing. Yeah - is going to memorize and perform full-on soliloquies on film and broadcast it on the internet, whereas I am memorizing poems to recite aloud to myself. And maybe the cat. This is why Tessa's plan is one to take over the internets, and is likely to succeed. Still, I take pleasure and pride in learning poems by heart.

I also sent this one to one of my favorite people in the whole wide world today. Because when you don't have words of your own, stealing from Shakespeare is a really good idea.

Sonnet 116
by William Shakespeare

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.

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