Monday, 25 March 2013

an ever-fixed mark

Sonnet 116

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. 

-William Shakespeare

1 comment:

  1. Oh my God Joanna! You posted that sonnet!!! That's my favorite Shakespeare sonnet ever! I think it is more beautiful even than the more famous Sonnet 18! :)

    I believe in such a Love! In the Greek language, there were some 5 kinds of love:

    1. Mania-- the obsessive love, and therefore it may not be love at all, but just mere obsession.

    2. Storge--it's like the love that one has to feel when one is trying to "get used" to something or someone...

    3. Philia--the love for friends and family.

    4. Eros--the passionate and romantic love. And yet, it is not an ever-lasting love, because you could hear stories about couples who separate even after 30 or 50 years of marriage ;(
    It seems that romantic and passionate though it is, it is still more focused on one's own satisfaction :( And if such a satisfaction is no longer met, such a love could disappear, hence the separation of couples :(

    5. Agape---this is the highest form of love, the sacrificial love, the love with no conditions, the love that never disappears despite one's own satisfaction not being fulfilled. This is God's love for all of us. But there are still very rare occasions (and I say very very very rare, because I myself have not yet heard of such a love between couples) when even humans themselves could feel it for each other. ... ...Many people say such a love felt by a human is not possible, because nobody is entirely and completely selfless when it comes to loving in a romantic way...One would not be so sacrificial as to let his girlfriend date another guy because it makes her happy... But I still believe, and will always believe, that such a love is possible! I believe that one could completely and entirely ignore his own happiness just for the sake of his loved one's happiness---I believe in it!

    Thank you for this wonderful post! I like it so much whenever you'd post something that is "High Virtue"... For example, you once posted about how to deal with familiarity, and today you posted about unconditional love :) I appreciate it a lot whenever you post something about tremendous loyalty to a loved one :) :)

    God bless you Joanna for your wonderful ideals that are so much like mine! You are indeed Kindred Spirit!

    I'm a great fan of Shakespeare's sonnets, and may I tell you that whenever I watch a video of you playing a musical instrument, I couldn't help but be think of Sonnet 128 :) :)