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.

Sonnet 55: Translation to modern English

Neither marble nor the gilded tombs of princes will outlive this powerful poetry, but you will shine more brightly in these pages than those neglected buildings that crumble to dust, besmirched by heartless time. When devastating war overturns statues, and battles uproot buildings, neither the sword of Mars nor the quick-burning fires of war shall destroy this living record of your memory. You will continue on strongly in the face of death and dispassionate enmity,. Praise of you by all the successive generations that will wear this world out will continue until doomsday. So till the Day of Judgment, when you will be raised up, you will live in this poetry and remain in the eyes of the lovers who read this.

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 1 abc says:

    tooo short summary but quite gud..!!!
    just got the essence wht shakespear wanted to give us

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 2 saurabh says:

    nice summary!!! to the point!!

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 3 ajeeb says:

    I cant undrstnd sum words
    can sum 1 pls describe al these

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 4 rahi says:

    nice poem.

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 5 amarjot singh says:

    it helped me very much i did not understand the poem but i am now very happy

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 6 pallav says:

    very nice poem.this summary helped me a lot

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 7 Shweta says:

    Thanks….its gud nd it also helped me in my h.w….:)

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 8 shubhdrangi says:

    thank u for this nice summary…………………!

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 9 Ankita says:

    nice translation

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 10 daksh says:

    nice traslation :-)

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 11 Mina says:

    Best of the best
    Excellent summary
    Thanks a lot

  • Sonnet 55: O! Not Marble, Nor The Gilded Monuments 13 Dorji Rinchen says:

    Thanks a lot. I liked with given brief summary…its excellent poem! I was constanly dream about its story…anyway thanks