Sonnet 130

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Eric Congdon
An analysis of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet cxxx (130)
Sonnet cxxx
By William Shakespeare
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;Coral is far more red, than her lips red:If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.I have seen roses damasked, red and white,But no such roses see I in her cheeks;And in some perfumes is there more delightThan in the breath that from my mistress reeks.I love to hear her speak, yet well I knowThat music hath a far more pleasing sound:I grant I never saw a goddess go, My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,As any she belied with false compare. Sonnet cxxx that was written by Shakespeare is an unconventional love poem about his mistress. It was very traditional in Elizabethan poetry to write about the beautiful aspects of a woman like her eyes, lips, scent, etc.), but as you can see Shakespeare took on a more literal interpretation of his mistress in his sonnet “Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks”(8). Even though his focal point revolves around her imperfections he also states that his love is rare and that nonetheless he honestly and indefinitely loves his mistress even though she has revolting flaws “And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare” (13). Shakespeare’s sonnet continually relates to a modernized love relationship of how you should love someone even though they have their specific faults. Shakespeare starts his first quatrain of his sonnet by presenting “my misstress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; / coral is far more red, than her lips red :”( 1-2). As Shakespeare communicates in his first two lines he is relating his mistress to beautiful objects like the sun and gorgeous coral, but he takes these observations and flips them on their head by saying that she is the exact opposite of these things. Later on he notes “if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; if hairs be wires, then...
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