Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
This poem is called 'let me not to the marriage of true minds' and it's written by William Shakespeare. It was first published in 1609. This sonnet is one of Shakespeare's most famous love sonnets.
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright. He is often called England's national poet and the 'Bard of Avon'. His surviving work consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, 2 long narrative poems and several other poems, but he is most known for his plays, such as Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth, and for his sonnets. He lived from 1564 until 1616. He was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, but he later moved to London with his wife Anne Hathaway, who was 8 years older than Shakespeare and pregnant when they married. They had three children; Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career as an actor, writer and part owner of a playing company. He produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, but he then started to write tragedies, including plays like Othello and Macbeth, which are considered some of the finest work in English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies (romances) and collaborated with other playwrights. Although he was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, his reputation didn't rise to its present heights until the 19th century. His work remains highly popular today and he is considered to be the greatest writer in the English language. His plays are translated into every language and are constantly studied and performed.
This sonnet is about love in its most ideal form; never ending, fading or faltering. It attemps to define love, by telling both what it is and what it's not. In the first line it speaks about 'marriage of true minds', which refers to the love between two people who are like-minded rather than to an actual