The beauty of see-(de)duction…Sonnet 116 through Ilium

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
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.


The Sonnet has been beautifully interpreted in “Ilium” by Dan Simmons. A character of Simmons by the name Mahnmut who is a resident of Mars is a
Shakespheare scholar and he tries to intepret the true meaning of this Sonnet by the great playwright.

Here is an excerpt:
“Mahnmut suddenly saw where it fit. Like so many great poets, Shakespheare began his poems before or after they began. But if this was a poem of refutation, what was it refuting? What had the youth said to the older, love-besotted poet that needed such vehement refutation? Continue reading

“To make God laugh, Let him know your Plans”

I came across this simple yet powerful ironic quote in the novel ‘The Janson Directive‘ by Robert Ludlum. The lead character – Paul Janson’s wife Helene who dies in a terrorist bombing… Continue reading