I have been reading William Shakespeare and how he was a wonderful play writer, he was well known for a lot of plays that he had written over time. Shakespeare was also a good writer with long narrative poems and the lyric. I like the poem that he wrote sonnet 116.this poem spoke to me more than the others it the world literature book, on page 1446. Who was Shakespeare he was a man that was filled with love and the expression of it. He could tap into human emotions and summarize it with words that no other could do. Shakespeare is one of my favorite poets, he has taught me how to really love another and express to my husband on a more intimate level. I have learnt what it means to grow old and still be in love with the man I have married, but I hope to experience one day in my life time.
This poem that I have read has a positive outlook on life and love to me. The message is straightforward. If a person discovers an obstacle or a spoken word that can be restricting his relationship with another person, he should not change or modify his love for that person. On the other hand, his love should continue to be unchanging and continuous, like the sun that nourishes the earth. Love is meant to work through life’s sticky situations good and bad, happy and sad. In account to his love, it should remain strong and enriched throughout life, though their youth and old age. All of Shakespeare’s writings are beautiful with an endless message to be learnt from. His writings remain popular because of their complexity. Look at us today we use Shakespeare’s writings for movies, TV shows, and plays; there is still an impact with those powerful words of feelings that he expressed on paper in our daily lives.
In the book I am reading World Literature the poem goes:
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.
I believe that it is amazing to see, know or even have such a bond with another person that is platonically, mentally and emotionally strong, it would not allow problems, personal flaws, etc. to come in between the relationship. Love is not love if problems, personal hang-ups, etc. these things can separate them. Faithfulness of real love during times of difficulties, strengthens and creates a loyal structure. This kind of love is to continuous. We all deserve a love like this in our life time!
Davis, P., Harrison, G., Johnson D., (2009) World Literature, Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern World, Beginnings-1446.