Undoubtedly, the most famous of Shakespeare’s sonnet, Sonnet 116 reveals what true love is. Every line describes that “love is not love which alters when it alteration finds”, which means that love doesn’t just change when their are changes in life. It is an “ever-fixed mark”. “It is the star to every wandering bark.” It is a constant guide in our lives. Love surpasses beauty and mortality. Love is eternal.
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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