Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Randomguru

Shakespeare: “Love Is Not Love…” Sonnet 116 from Sense and Sensibility

No piece of literature has had the kind of impact in a movie, than William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 “Love is Not Love”, from Sense and Sensibility.

The movie itself is brilliantly directed by Ang Lee, one of the best directors of our generation. And equally acted by Kate Winslet as one of the Dashwood Sisters. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay adapted from Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”, and delivered a consummate performance as well. She went on to win an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

In this video clip, Marianne is broken hearted at finding out that the love of her life, John Willoughby, has become engaged to a woman who stands to inherit a fortune, having been disinherited by his wealthy Aunt.

Marianne recites that words from Sonnet 116, that she and Willoughby share an affinity for, and the pouring rain while she looks down upon the estate where Willoughby lived.

Sonnet 116

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…
William Shakespeare

The Complete Sonnet

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.
William Shakespeare

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