ENG1501 Assignment 1

Topics: Sonnet, Poetry, Poetic form Pages: 3 (778 words) Published: October 14, 2013


STUDENT NUMBER:
ENG1501
ASSIGNMENT 1
UNIQUE NUMBER 215472
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CONTENTS:
QUESTION 1 – PAGE 3
QUESTION 2 – PAGE 3
QUESTION 3 – PAGE 3
QUESTION 4 – PAGE 3
QUESTION 5 – PAGE 3
QUESTION 6 – PAGE 3
QUESTION 7 – PAGE 4
BIBLIOGROPHY –PAGE 5
DECLARATION -PAGE

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2) The first three quatrains or line 1-12 of William Shakespeare’s Poem My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun can easily be seen as an insulting and negative tone “ If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun” “Than in the breath of my mistress reeks” . But in truth the tone of the poem is humoristic, realistic and philosophical ,and as the poem progresses the true tone also progresses because although her lips aren’t coral red, her breasts not white as snow her hair not shiny he still loves her as she is and he doesn’t make her into something that she is not. “ And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare” The poem can also be seen as a satire to the conventional poets of the time and their unrealistic image of true beauty, and shows it to be predictable and a cliché 3) At first glance it might seem as if he is mocking her. But he is actually mocking and undermining the Petrarchan sonnets and metaphors of the time. The poet does not render a false image of his mistress, he compares her with the most beautiful objects in nature in the first two quatrains “ My mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun. Coral is far more red than her lips red. If snow be white then her breasts are dun” this states the poet will not compliment her on a quality she does not have but he is still in love with her “And yet, by heaven , I think my love as rare. As any she belied with false compare” 4) My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun is not a classical Petrarchan sonnet. The poet will rather comment on the physical attributes his...
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