The tone of the poem is ABAB/CDCD/EFEF/GG which is a typical tone for William Shakespeare. 2.
The poem should be a love sonnet but instead it has some humour to it and he mocks his mistress by saying “My mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun” ,in line 1, as to say that his mistresses eyes don’t even compare they pretty much normal, and there’s nothing wonderful about it. In the 2nd line he says “Coral is far more red than her lips”. Coral is a red/ orange colour, and is perceived as beautiful, but in sonnet the speaker says his mistresses lips are far less red than coral, so it isn’t not appealing at all. The 3rd line says that “if snow be white, why then her breast are dun”, in this line the expression makes me think of the fairytale snow white, and she was seen as the fairest most beautiful person, but in this poem the speaker says his mistresses breasts are dun which is a yellowish-brown unattractive and ugly colour. Line 4 says “if hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head”. Black wires makes me think of black bushy, frizzy hair, blonde, smooth and sleek hair is perceived as attractive but his mistress has a head of crazy black wires. Lines 5 and 6 say “If I have seen roses damasked, red and white, but no such roses I see in her cheeks”. Damask is a pattern of two colours and roses are usually a sign of beauty, a bit of colour in her cheeks would be beautiful but this speaker says that there’s no roses in her cheeks. In line 7 and 8 the speaker says “And in some perfumes is there more delight than in the breath that from my mistress reeks”. Instead of saying how wonderful his mistress smells he says that there’s more delight from perfumes than from his mistresses breath that reeks, this could also be interpreted that his mistresses breath stinks. In line 9 the tone tends to change because he finally speaks about something he loves about her, he says “I love to hear her speak” but then he goes on to saying into line 10 that “yet well I know that...
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