"You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes.”
To feel the full effect of William Shakespeare's words, you may just want to read the entirety of Sonnet 55 to your beloved this Valentine's Day.
“Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmear'd with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword, nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death, and all oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes.”
When Shakespeare wrote Sonnet 55, he had one thing in mind—immortalizing his love in timeless literature.
You, too, can express such a desire to your partner this Valentine’s Day, either by reading this poem aloud—always a good idea—or by crafting your own poetry about your beloved. If you write your own, put some work and thought into it. Make it beautiful and reverent and relevant to your unique relationship. Do your best to make something that you'd be proud to pass down to your children as a testament to how much you love your partner.
And therein lies the magic in this sonnet. These words weren't crafted only to appeal to a partner. No—they were also made to tell the world about that partner, to ensure that people everywhere, even hundreds of years later, would read of how lovely the subject of this poem once was.
Take inspiration from this poem’s purpose, and you’ll make your partner feel like the most special person in the world.