A Love Sonnet For The Ages

Gill Ward reports: ‘Rather a gap in the poetry offerings but I’m back again after a trip away and several catch ups when I arrived home. (Strange how things line up for attention while you are away!).

So I think it is time we gave ourselves a Shakespearian treat. Of course we all know about Shakepeare and his plays and poetry. He was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor; born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and was a prolific writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre. 

Shakespeare’s plays are perhaps his most enduring legacy, but they are not all he wrote. His poems also remain popular to this day. 

Plays, insults and immortal poems

William Shakespeare is  said to have been born and died on the same date 23rd of April My daughter’s birthday and I was not short of people telling me this when she was born, so I remember it!

I also have a book of Shakespeare’s insults, 308 pages of them! 

I  was searching through the sonnets  and also a book Shakespeare in Love (Faber and Faber1999). This sonnet hit me as it was so familiar and so up-to-date. After telling myself I should give you one less well known I kept coming back to this., like an old friend.’

Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds 

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 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.

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