Since Nikki Giovanni is still alive and while, i am only inferring and reiterating what i think the meaning of this piece is. These statements are factual and based solely upon my own interpretations of the work.
I was assigned this piece for a prior assignment and i have to say that i found Nikki Giovanni's biographies and works very interesting. In this writing, she describes a sort of "Love in place" as in a stay still position not going anywhere and not changing. She says "i know i must have fallen in love once beause i quit biting my cuticles and my hair is gray". In a way i think she is signifying that she has maybe changed her appearance as if to stay in love by not biting her cuticles and nails. She is keeping her appearance the same and allowing natural changes like gray hair to show, showing a deeper appreciation of love. She also says she appreciates love songs more then before and probably because being in love you find the meaning and feeling that connects most with you behind the words of the singer. While she is looking at old photographs, she is younger, happier and slimmer but even though time has changed and altered her appearance, she is still committed to the love they have. She acknowledges and has kept the love she has in place, still and showing that she is not going anywhere kind of like an unconditional love.
Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare
While reading this piece, i have the feeling of him giving a description or explaining how he is in his own eyes. I think he/she is desiring to be more like the men he sees. I do not feel that he/she thinks the best of themselves. I think they want to be wealthy or find the things that the friends possess. I am only making and attempt to infer the thoughts of this piece because i only understand it a little bit. Shakespeare's work is very in depth and deep rooted and it is hard for me to grasp the concept of Sonnet 29. He does not seem too content with himself and kind of wants to change his state in life, like he says "with kings".
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
In this piece he seems to be explaining what true love is. In line 3 he says" which alters when it alteration finds". Kind of like if change is happening to a loved one, the other person he/she is in love with will still stay in love with the person no matter how many alterations occur. Love will basically not change even if the appearance of the other half is changed or the attitude of the other is changed. Love will stay the same if and only if it is true love. He says love is an ever-fixed mark and like Nikki Giovanni, he is saying love stays the same in one place and with one heart. Love does not move or leave if it is true love, it stays the same and in the place it came to. If love has come to you, it will stay with you and love will make no changes or movements. It will not shift or mold, it stays the same in a fixed(meaning still) place. He says "Love's not times fool", meaning that love is not going to change with time. It does not alter with hours and weeks, it stays the same over time and over aging love will still be the same and not change itself. He says that love "bears it out even to the end of doom(judgement day). This saying reminds me of "till death do us part", love will stick with you until the end of time, death, growing, etc.
I love how at the end Shakespeare challenges everyone by saying"If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved". He is saying if anything i have said is wrong, then i nor no other man has ever been in love. I think that many people still do want somebody to love them through the aging, bad and good times but in modern times it seems harder and harder to find and this is disturbing for me.