The poet contemplates the concept of true love where there are no impediments and no changes.
Although love can be seen, its real value can never be measured. Neither is it the plaything of Time,
something that shrinks with the onset of old age.
Indeed, the brightness of youth may disappear as old age advances, but love will continue even till death.
ABOUT THE POET
William Shakespeare -- commonly known simply as "The Bard" -- was born in April 1564.
Although he lived a mere 52 years, he has won himself the reputation of being the greatest of all English
poets and playwrights.
He grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon where, at the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway with whom he had
three children. Modern scholars love to question whether or not he was actually gay -- such is the
energy-sapping research of these scholars.
The Bard established a most successful career for himself in acting and in writing for the stage. Ultimately
he became the part-owner of The Lord Chamberlain's Men, a theatrical company which eventually
came to be known as The King's Men.
In his early years in theatrics, Shakespeare focussed his attention on writing comedies and histories. Only
later did he produce a series of tragedies such as Hamlet, Macbeth and King
Lear, the works for which he is preeminently known.
Although he wrote two lengthy narrative poems as well as several other shorter poems, his reputation as
a poet was established through his amazing collection of sonnets -- 154 in all.
Indeed, his particular style of sonnet, commonly known as the Elizabethan form, is also referred to simply
as "the Shakespearian sonnet".
In about 1613, he returned to Stratford-upon-Avon and died there in April 1616.
Scholars would later come to question not only his sexual stance but also whether or not it was he who
actually wrote all the works attributed to him.
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