Shakespeare Understood

22 Jan

William Shakespeare

My favorite sonnet from her favorite poet for my beloved wife.

Sonnet CXVI (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.

– William Shakespeare

“Just read and think private… Read and think…” – Penguins of Madagascar



3 Responses to “Shakespeare Understood”

  1. The Overlord Bear January 22, 2014 at 3:47 am #

    I’ve read this once. Now, it seems to make more sense to me. Love is something positive. It’s never a negative thing. Now it suddenly reminds me of what Saint Paul said about love…I kinda forgot how the exact passage went, though…

    Liked by 1 person

    • cc70458 January 22, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      I think this one maybe:

      1 Corinthians 13:4-8
      Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
      4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up;
      5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;
      6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth;
      7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.



  2. suzjones January 24, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    Too funny – from Shakespeare to the penguins of Madagascar (who always make me smile). That is lovely that you posted a sonnet for your wife.

    Liked by 1 person

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