Sonnet CXVI 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.

-William Shakespeare

This is featured in a book of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis’s most beloved poems. I first came across it when Keegan was living in Cleveland, and we have  framed picture of it in our family room.


4 responses »

  1. I was an English lit major, and somehow I managed to get all the way to my senior year w/o taking a single course on Shakespeare. And then my advisor noticed this fact . . . (she also forced me to take Calculus, and my brain has never really recovered from that).

    OK, so Shakespeare’s sonnets. I think my fave is Sonnet 18 (Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day) only for that closing couplet:”So long as men can breathe, or eyes see/So long lives life, and this gives life to thee” because I always wanted some man to immortalize me in a poem 🙂

    • I was the same major!! Karen, I’m sure you’ll find a ziplining/mountain climbing/poet writing extraordinaire online. 🙂 haha If not, just pretend good ol’ Billy S wrote Sonnet 18 for you. (And that is SUCH a good one!)

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