Everyone has a different definition of love, and this sonnet offers an optimistic take on it. Love here is seen as a truly powerful, unstoppable force of nature. It’s the only constant in a tumultuous and confusing world, and it’s a guiding star for all of us who are lost out there. This idealized view of love is timeless and still relevant to culture in our fast-moving 21st century world. Fans of The Princess Bride or more recently, Across the Universe, among gazillions of other examples, will recognize this theme in movies, music, books, blogs…or, basically everywhere.
Sonnet 116 is commonly invoked as a definition of idealized romantic love, but it can be extended to apply to any form of love.