My dad introduced me to Shakespeare’s sonnets when I was eleven or twelve. I didn’t understand everything of all of them, and some I didn’t like, and some were not written for me at all but later on in my life they would speak loudly. But this one described exactly what I wanted in a romantic partner. I wanted the “marriage of true minds.”
Let me not to the marriage of true mindsAdmit impediments. Love is not loveWhich alters when it alteration finds,Or bends with the remover to remove.O no! it is an ever-fixed markThat looks on tempests and is never shaken;It is the star to every wand’ring bark,Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeksWithin 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.
AND on the subject of Shakespeare, if you get the chance, watch Upstart Crow. I have watched both seasons via Britbox ($7/month) on Amazon. Funniest show I’ve seen in AGES. Here’s a preview!