If Thou Must Love Me, Let It Be For Nought (Sonnet 14) Summary

If Thou Must Love Me, Let It Be For Nought (Sonnet 14) Summary

The speaker of the poem is a woman who asks not to be loved for any other reason, but love’s sake. She doesn’t want her lover to find reasons for his love for her, and she goes on to list those reasons. The speaker doesn’t want to be loved for her smile or the way she looks, or even her manner of speaking.

Another thing she doesn’t want to be loved for is having similar thoughts with her lover. The reason the speaker doesn’t want to be loved for these things is because they can be changed. Love based on those fleeting reasons can disappear, “be unwrought”.

The Final lines of the poem introduce another thing the speaker doesn’t want to be loved for-she doesn’t want to be loved for pity, doesn’t want his love to grow out of comforting her because she might get used to the comfort and in that way destroy the love. The speaker of the poem finishes by asking again to not be loved for any other reason but love’s sake, because in that way their love will last eternally.

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