Comparison: Shakespeare's Sonnets and Sonnet

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Compare and Contrast Sonnet 18 and
Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare

In this essay I am going to highlight the comparisons and contrasts between William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130 and also give my opinions.

A similarity between the two poems is that they are both about a man’s love for a woman.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Meaning that the woman that Shakespeare loves in Sonnet 18 is ‘more lovely’ than a ‘summer’s day’ and she is just right for him, as summer can sometimes be too hot. In Sonnet 130, it’s also about Shakespeare’s love for a woman.

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare

As any she belied with false compare.

This shows that Shakespeare still loves the woman that the poem is about. Even though in the rest of the poem Shakespeare highlights all of her bad points.

My Mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;

Coral is far more red than her lips red;

This means that the woman’ s eyes in this poem are nowhere near as bright as the sun and her lips aren’t as red as coral, but even though she has her bad points, Shakespeare still loves her. This shows that Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130 are similar in the way they are both about Shakespeare’s love for a woman.

Another comparison between Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130 is that in both the poems Shakespeare uses metaphors to describe the two women in the poems.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Here, Shakespeare compares the woman to a summers day and says that she is ‘more lovely and more temperate’ meaning that the woman is not too hot or not too cold. Shakespeare also uses metaphors in Sonnet 130.

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;

This compares the woman’s skin in Sonnet 130 to the colour of snow. This shows that a...
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