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Love's Not Time's Fool

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by Herminne Tonita -

The greatness of Shakespeare's work, the peculiar quality which distinguishes it from that of all the other writers is beyond definition. Perhaps Dryden's saying that Shakespeare had an " universal" mind is the best brief attempt to describe this quality, which justifies John Hales' famous claim that whatever has been well said by any other poet has been better said by Shakespeare.

His sonnets deal with important issues of human existence, like: time, mutability, death, decay and love. These themes are so very well-placed and so artistically combined that they created 154 masterpieces of Shakespeare's work.

The line: " Love's not time's fool" is taken from Sonnet 116, a poem dedicated to the mysterious W.H. The main theme of the poem is true love as the author cannot understand why time kills beauty and he seems to fight with every inch of his mind to stop the destruction of the creation of pure love. The love he speaks about is neither physical nor Platonic, neither homosexual nor heterosexual, but it is called " love in the supreme", like beauty and truth together. Shakespeare's love is supreme because it is pure, blind, adoring and skips nothing out of harmony.

For the poet, a true love resists to all impediments it could find in its way, a love that not even tempest could shake:

" Love is not love
Which alters when alteration finds
Or bends with the remover to remove"

Furthermore, the supreme love becomes our guiding star, that helps us overcome any difficulty we may encounter in our way. It is not shaken by the passing of time," love is not time's fool", although rosy lips and cheeks/ Within his bending sickle's compass come". Nevertheless the poet is aware everything in this world comes to an end and he is willing to accept it.

On the other hand he wants to banish from the world evil, injustice,discontempt, vanity and keep only the kingdom of friendship and love.

The last lines of the poem reinforce the idea of the poem:

" If this be error and upon me proved
I never writ no nor man ever loved".

The sonnets are the gems that preceed the vast and extraordinary literary work of Shakespeare.
Love's Not Time's Fool written by Herminne Tonita for FamousWhy.com
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Tags: love, time, fool, william shakespeare



Category: Dating & Love  - ( Dating & Love Archive)

Date Added: 02 February '07


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