William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

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


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-fixèd 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.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Form: Sonnet


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  • Gold Star - 9,268 Points Rajnish Manga (2/14/2015 4:46:00 AM)

    It is a dazzling gem in the treasure trove of English poetry, courtesy William Shakespeare. And the following line of the sonnet is like a mantra for those in love: Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 86 Points Reshma Joy (12/3/2014 4:28:00 AM)

    i loved this poem since the first time i read it! a beautiful definition of love is stated here.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 5:33:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/19/2013 7:53:00 PM)

    I recite this almost everyday too! It reminds me of Marianne Dashwood and Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. I love the way Kate Winslet recited this in the rain. How pitifully tragic. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Declan Mehegan (11/29/2011 1:56:00 PM)

    Beautiful.I know this off by heart and recite this everyday. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sajini G (6/16/2011 4:15:00 AM)

    It is the poem in which I melt myself. I cant find a definition for love which described already in this sonnet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Silver Day (3/23/2010 5:33:00 PM)

    a great definition of love, this is my ultimate favorite poem ever. i adore william shakespeare. even at my young age. i have not completly understood this poem i do understand most of it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shara D (9/19/2009 9:53:00 PM)

    Indeed, love is not time's fool! this sonnet simply puts to words the immortality of one true love (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Charlie M (8/8/2009 2:11:00 PM)

    this is definitely my favourite out of all the Shakespeare Sonnets...and the last two lines are just magic! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nieva Tragura (7/13/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    this the first shakespeare work i've read...it is really lovely and timely.....i do love this poem...it's great.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nieva Tragura (7/13/2009 6:42:00 AM)

    this the first shakespeare work i've read...it is really lovely and timely.....i do love this poem...it's great.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Linda M (1/6/2009 6:32:00 AM)

    This poem helped pave the way to my everlasting belief in true love. It is timeless and strips love down to its truest and most natural form. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie BEAU GOLDEN (12/15/2006 4:58:00 AM)

    Sonnet 116 has inspired me and comes to me sometimes when i am drunk or just lazily not thinking. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds!
    brilliant. THis was the one that started me down this path of writing poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mary Fraughton (4/18/2005 2:27:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I cried the first time that I read it. To me, this is what love is about.
    If you liked this sonnet, you'd probably like the one that starts
    'No longer mourn for me when I am dead...' (Report) Reply

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