Monday, January 13, 2003

Sonnet 138: When My Love Swears That She Is Made Of Truth Comments

Rating: 3.8

When my love swears that she is made of truth
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutored youth,
Unlearnèd in the world's false subtleties.


William Shakespeare
harleen 01 November 2019

this poem is very beautifully written.

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Abdulrauf Muhammad 27 April 2019

your poem is really meaningful and creative, and I like it. can you please read and rate my poem " farewell lovely mom" . thank you

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Oskar 08 October 2019

You do realize shakespeare has been dead for almost 400 years...

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cute goy 10 June 2018

its awesome for my girlfriend

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* Sunprincess * 08 June 2014

~ When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies, ~ .............he does believe love....even though he knows she lies... .........this means he is a believer in love....great write..

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Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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James Mclain 08 June 2013

I cannot lie but live to tell the truth. Flattered by the lips that never spoke. Eleven lines are left two split in half......iip

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Ramesh Rai 08 June 2013

And wherefore say not I that I am old? O, love's best habit is in seeming trust, And age in love, loves not to have years told. Therefore I lie with her, and she with me, And in our faults by lies we flattered be

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Luke Agada 08 June 2013

One very important thing in a love relationship is trust and understanding.This tightens the bound of love.As it has always been, Love is also about believing the best of others.

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David Wood 08 June 2013

A beautiful sonnet that captures all what a sonnet should be.

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Carlos Echeverria 08 June 2012

does this dress make me look fat? ...and from that mundane question, Shakespeare's worldly wisdom creates a beautiful sonnet.

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Manonton Dalan 08 June 2012

sonnet was first poem we studied in grade school. who else wrote that one, shakespeares.

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James Green 08 June 2011

People say that love is all about being honest and telling the truth, but they don't realize that sometimes it is in those innocuous lies that love tends to find true happiness. Shakespeare, the God of literature is one of the first few people to realize that....

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Manonton Dalan 08 June 2010

SOMETHING IN COMMON makes relationship worth holding. it just happen theirs is not very remarkable. i want to meet a person who never lies.

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Ramesh T A 08 June 2010

Trusting love more than truth one enjoys life with the lady love! The fact of the truth is well expressed by the great bard based on his experience in life! It is interesting the way he puts the matter in this sonnet!

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Emma Adamyan 08 June 2010

the only thought`s on my mind while reading W.S.- a talent that knew no borders!

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This is a truly wonderful sonnet, so well written, so wonderfully entertaining with intrigue.

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Jonathan Richards 09 June 2009

Did you really think that we in the 21st century were the first to invent a little bit of artistic licence about our age or our tendency to 'cheat'? Of course not, says Shakespeare. Lying is part of love, an established social convention. Men and women don't lie to each other because they are wicked but because it is just nicer that way. Would you like it if your lover admitted that, quite frankly, he is a bit over the hill? How would you feel if she said that, put bluntly, if she sees a better looking specimen on offer at the Roxy on Friday night she will probably hook up with him? Of course you wouldn't like it. Much better to play along with a more pleasant sounding lie although, of course, both parties know the truth of the matter. The tone of the poem is breezy and light-hearted and words of contrast neatly bring out the double-dealing that is going on. In the first couplet we have a neat contrast between 'swears' and 'truth', between 'believe' and 'lies'. In fact, Shakespeare even lies to us: he doesn't 'believe her' at all because he knows she is lying. This is a poem of wit and verbal ingenuity that has its tongue firmly in its cheek and finishes off with a lovely image of contented lovers lying with each other while busy lying to each other. A lot of fun.

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Anthony Han 08 June 2009

This poem is nice, the 1st two sentences are wonderful

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Christopher Provan 08 June 2009

A realistically honest view of lifes complicated murky darker areas He does seem to have 'been there' in some way in his life and experienced something similar to what is expressed in poem. Certainly not a teenage idealist view.

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Michael Pruchnicki 08 June 2009

Shakespeare takes the conventional love sonnet of his day and ridicules the convention to a fare-thee-well. Don't most lovers swear on the Bible that they are true to the beloved? But the speaker knows that his lover lies because everyone who is not a naive kid does likewise! There is mutual agreement that such is the way of the world. We lie to avoid injuring our lover by telling the truth! Why not admit that she lies when she avoids telling me I'm too old for her, the speaker asserts. After all, lovers do not like to reveal their age even to one another. The final line is a play on the word 'lie' in its double meaning - to tell a falsehood or to copulate with each other. Check 'double entendre'!

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