Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
"Sonnet 116" is a poem written by William Shakespeare. This love poem is one of the most well-known sonnets of all-time. The poem speaks about what love is. Shakespeare states that love is something that doesn't change and it can't be removed. He says that it is constant. It is "an ever-fixed mark" and it is "not Time's fool". It doesn't change no matter how long we wait.
"Sonnet 116" is generally displayed as four stanzas but it may also be displayed as a single one. It consists of fourteen lines and is written in iambic-pentameter with the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG.
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Sonnet 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 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 proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
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Renaissance, 16th Century
Love, Relationship, Time