My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun
The tone of this poem is serious and comical. He realizes the imperfections in humans. This is clear in the poem in line 1 “my mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun” (Shakespeare W. My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun). Generally poets would worship their loved ones features, however the speaker appears to joke about this person’s features in this poem. In line 9 – 10 “i love to hear her speak, yet well i know that music hath a far more pleasing sound” (Shakespeare W. My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun) the speaker reinforces that she is not perfect, and is very factual with her qualities and does not idealise her.
He is mocking her and making fun of the mistress’s looks. The speaker still adores her, but expresses that she is less than what he compares her too. Line 7 – 8 “And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks” (Shakespeare W. My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun). This is one of the examples in which the speaker points out that his mistress’s qualities are less than desirable but also that she is human and not a goddess. I believe the speaker is mocking the other poets of this time period too, who generally do compare their loved ones to great beauty. In line 13 – 14 “And yet, by heaven, i think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare” (Shakespeare W. My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun) he is saying that he pledges before heaven that she is as incredible as any other woman who has been described to be more. Shakespeare continues throughout the poem to insult her features; however i believe it is more romantic than other poets, because he loves her in spite of her imperfections. “My mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun’’ differs from a classic Petrarchan sonnet. During Shakespeare’s time, most poets would idealise and romanticise the woman they admired so it is unusual that Shakespeare is doing the...
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