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Shakespeare's Sonnets

by William Shakespeare

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Can you recommend and explain a Shakespearean sonnet suitable for a woman to recite to her future husband?

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Sonnet 116 is a perfect choice for your wedding.  I used it in mine as it seemed to characterize what I believe love to embody.  First, the sonnet suggests that love is constant.  Time changes many things, but if love it true, it can never be altered by time.  Love is a constant that looks on challenges and change and remains firm.  The sonnet also suggests that love is a "star" to a wandering ship.  This is a beautiful image describing the guidance that true love can offer.  When we feel lost or confused, love will be the star that will navigate us through troubled times.  That is an encouraging suggestion considering the challenges that everyone faces in life. 

I wish you the best. 

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Sure, we can help you with that. Personally, I'm fond of Sonnet 116:
http://www.enotes.com/sonnets/1036

It directly addresses marriage, and promises to love true, and to love forever, even as you both age. It too is written from a man to a woman, but the only part that really identifies the speaker as male is the last line:
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

That line can be edited:
I never wrote, nor woman ever loved.

This sonnet is my favorite because it makes love a forever thing, like a star that you use to guide you. That's romantic.

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