What is the explanation of the sonnet line "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...

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Ah, isn't this poem great? This sequence of lines—this quatrain—should be read in the context of the entire poem. The first four lines say, there can be no barrier to true love. The next four say, true love doesn't change, and is so firm that others can navigate by it. The next four (the four asked about) say that true love will not change with time, even if the red lips and cheeks of the young do change. True love lasts, these lines say, until death.


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