2. In Sonnet 116, Shakespeare is very clear about love from the very first line: Love is something that never changes. He continues by stating what love is not: Love is not the thing that can change even though the people and the circumstances have changed. Love is not something easy to destroy: It will last even if someone tries to sabotage it. Love, according to the author, is something can last, can exist through a hard time. It is not afraid of any difficulties or crisis. Love is also like a star, shining the way for the wandering ship. It is not easy to fully understand love, but we can measure it by the attitude of the lover. From line 9 to 12, Shakespeare reaffirms that love is something that will last even if the lover’s physical appearance fade or if the time passes by. This love can be considered platonic love because the love as Shakespeare defined stands strong, and is more focused on true beauty or souls instead of appearance beauty. In order to achieve this love, both parties must understand each other and unify in terms of knowledge, understanding, and soul. The author must completely trust his view of love because he states that if he is wrong, then maybe no one in this world has ever loved before and he will withdraw everything he wrote