Today is William Shakespeare's 449th birthday! This year, I have had the privilege of helping coordinate the annual Shakespeare Fest in my town with two friends. I won't be acting, but I will be reciting one of my favorite sonnets, Sonnet 116:
Let me not to the marriage of true mindsWhat's your favorite drama or sonnet by Shakespeare?
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.