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When my love swears that she is made of truth
Transcript of When my love swears that she is made of truth
By: William Shakespeare
The comfort that lies can bring to people
Time is irreversible
When my love swears that she is made of truth,
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutored youth,
Unlearned in the worldʼs false subtleties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed.
But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
Oh, loveʼs best habits is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told.
Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flattered be.
All of Shakespeare's work is written in iambic pentameter.
Iambic pentameter is when each line has 10 syllables and each syllable alternates between stressed and unstressed.
A sonnet is simply a poem written in a certain format. Sonnets have the following characteristics:
All sonnets have 14 lines which can be broken down into four sections called quatrains.
A strict rhyme scheme.
The rhyme scheme of a Shakespearean sonnet is ABAB / CDCD / EFEF / GG
Have an ending couplet
Written in iambic Pentameter.
In Modern English
When my mistress swears that she’s completely truthful, I believe her even though I know she lies, so that she’ll think that I’m some naïve young man who’s ignorant about the world and the tricks people play. I pretend to stupidly believe her lies while fooling myself into thinking that she thinks I’m young, even though she knows I’m past my prime. In this way, both of us suppress the simple truth. But why doesn’t she say she’s a liar? And why don’t I say that I’m old? Oh, because it’s easiest to love someone who seems to be trustworthy, and old people who are in love hate to hear their age discussed. Therefore, I sleep with her, and she sleeps with me, and we both flatter ourselves by lying about each other’s faults.
"When my love swears that she is made of truth"
"Loves best habit is in seeming trust."
"I do believe her, though I know she lies..."
The speaker knows that his love is lying to him, yet he still chooses to believe her.
"Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue"