Sonnet 115: Those Lines That I Before Have Writ Do Lie Poem by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 115: Those Lines That I Before Have Writ Do Lie

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Those lines that I before have writ do lie,
Even those that said I could not love you dearer;
Yet then my judgment knew no reason why
My most full flame should afterwards burn clearer,
But reckoning Time, whose millioned accidents
Creep in 'twixt vows, and change decrees of kings,
Tan sacred beauty, blunt the sharp'st intents,
Divert strong minds to the course of alt'ring things—
Alas, why, fearing of Time's tyranny,
Might I not then say, "Now I love you best,"
When I was certain o'er incertainty,
Crowning the present, doubting of the rest?
Love is a babe; then might I not say so,
To give full growth to that which still doth grow.

Fabrizio Frosini 17 January 2016

The poet retracts what he had previously written to the effect that his love for his friend was then as intense as possible. His affection has now become stronger than ever. CXV.

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Fabrizio Frosini 17 January 2016

Comparisons are often made between this sonnet and the love poem by John Donne, ''Love's Growth''. ''Lovers Infiniteness'' by the same poet is also relevant. These poems by John Donne are probably of a similar date to this sonnet, so we may be assured that metaphysical speculations of this sort were current among the literary fraternity of the time.

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Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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