(Love’s Not Times’s Fool- William Shakespeare)
Blueprint page 37-38 (2h 49min, mar 8, 1564 y – 12h 57min, dec 25, 1616 y)
Blueprint page 37-38 (Love’s Not Times’s Fool- William Shakespeare)
Read & React
1. What happens with rosy lips and cheeks after some time?
After a long time, rosy lips and cheeks will disappear but love will stay even if there is not passion.
2. What is said about true love in this sonnet? Give three examples (sonnet 116)
• Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks but bears it out even to the edge of doom.
• It is an ever-fixed mark
• It is the star to every wandering bark.
Reflect & Share
3. Explain how time is a symbol for death in Shakespeare’s sonnet 116
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks but bears it out even to the edge of doom. It means that love will not change until the judgement day.
4. Translate Shakespeare’s sonnet to today’s modern English
I would not admit that anything could interfere with the union of two people who love each other. Love that alters with changing circumstances is not love, nor if it bends from its firm state when someone tries to destroy it. Oh no, it’s an eternally fixed point that watches storms but is never itself shaken by them. It is the star by which every lost ship can be guided: one can calculate it’s distance but not gauge its quality. Love doesn’t depend on Time, although the rosy lips and cheeks of youth eventually come within the compass of Time’s sickle. Love doesn’t alter as the days and weeks go by but endures until death. If I’m wrong about this then I’ve never written anything and no man has ever loved.
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The middle ages - The old English period (428-1066)