This is one of my favourite sonnets of the Bard. The idea of being remembered forever, no matter how the world may change, is beautiful. Upon a second thought, that's exactly what happened to Shakespeare and his works throughout the ages. The Bard has died, but his legacy lives.
It makes me wonder whether Shakespeare had written this sonnet while thinking about himself, whether he will live through the ages in 'this', the verses and works that he made, and 'dwell in lovers' eyes'. Well, I love him. Does that make me a lover in a sense?
But whatever it was that entered Shakespeare's mind when he wrote this, the sonnet truly can apply to himself. And maybe, it can apply to anyone great enough to be remembered by the rest of their fellow human beings when they die.
Just a thought. Have a nice day.