Friday, February 3, 2012

Sonnets for February

Yes...we're officially in the month of romance!  I thought it would be nice to delve into some Shakespearean sonnets for the season.  It's both romantic and educational.  I've been rereading many of them lately, and have been surprised how moving they are.  I think the last time I read them was shortly after my husband and I became engaged (insert sigh), but the sonnets are even more applicable now!

Let's start off with some of the more well-known.  Here is sonnet CXVI, which you may recognize as the combined favorite of Marianne Dashwood and Mr. Willoughby.  Well, we all know how that turned out!  As an ardent reader of Shakespearean sonnets, Marianne should have known that a vast majority of them were written for mature lovers.  There's a lesson for you teens and matter what you feel now, those old married couples have the deepest love of all.  Marianne started to understand the sonnets truly after Sense and Sensibility had finished it's last chapter. back to the sonnet...

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 prov'd,
  I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.

<<Sigh>>  I must admit, there are days when I feel like Time's bending sickle has hacked down my beauty!  Isn't it good to know that with real love it doesn't matter so much what you look like as what you are?


  1. Love bears all things, love hopes all things, love never fails!
    After 21.5 years of marriage, I am abundantly aware that God blessed me with a husband who loves me in spite of my faults, hopes that all my dreams will come true (and prays for them too), and knows that our love is rooted in God's deeper, infinite love.

    Girls, NEVER settle for someone who doesn't shine God's love through his eyes.

  2. My beloved and I have been married for 23 plus years. It's true. Our love now is so deep, because we've weathered so many good times and bad together.

  3. This is so beautiful. A wonderful picture of love at its' best.

  4. Beautiful. My teen aged daughter is reading Love Letters of Great Men, which was never an actual book until after the SATC movie (I love the intersection of the sacred and the profane). I appreciate it because she is reading great writers speaking on the mystery of love and, despite popular culture and what passes for romance among young folks in the 21st century, there is depth, thought, and an appreciation ofr language. You can find a blessing in almost anything. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Peace and good.

  5. I love the sonnets. I have even written some. You have inspired me to look at the form again.