Friday, January 28, 2011

Doing Shakespeare

I remember in college, I have a professor who told our class to memorize at least one poem by heart and not by mind and remember it for life. I did not know what I should memorize then even though I have a lot of poems in mind. I do not remember exactly how it happened but I was able to memorize Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 –by heart. I can recite it even when I am sleeping even though there were times when I get nervous that I tend to stutter and eat the words. Here is Shakespeare's Sonnet 116. The bold words are my favorite.

Sonnet XCVI

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 proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

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