This sonnet compares the speaker's lover to a number of other beauties and never in the lover's favor. Her eyes are "nothing like the sun," her lips are less red than coral; compared to white snow, her breasts are dun-colored, and her hairs are like black wires on her head. In the second quatrain, the speaker says he has seen roses separated by color ("damasked") into red and white, but he sees no such roses in his mistress's cheeks; and he says the breath that "reeks" from his mistress is less delightful than perfume. In the third quatrain, he admits that, though he loves her voice, music "hath a far more pleasing sound," and that, though he has never seen a goddess, his mistress unlike goddess’ walks on the ground. In the couplet, however, the speaker declares that, "by heaven," he thinks his love as rare and valuable "As any she belied with false compare” that is, any love in which false comparisons were invoked to describe the loved one's beauty. The rhetorical structure of Sonnet 130 is important to its effect. In the first quatrain, the speaker spends one line on each comparison between his mistress and something else (the sun, coral, snow, and wires--the one positive thing in the whole poem some part of his mistress is like. In the second and third quatrains, he expands the descriptions to occupy two lines each, so that roses/cheeks, perfume/breath, music/voice, and goddess/mistress each receive a pair of unrhymed lines. This creates the effect of an expanding and developing
Sonnet 130 Overview
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 is about imperfection vs. perfection, personal preference on beauty, love and stereotyping. These ideas are developed throughout the poems quatrains and couplet through techniques. The technique that stood out for me and represented all of the ideas Sonnet 130 is about is imagery, whether it be negative or positive, Shakespeare uses the technique well in conjunction with other techniques to make his point stronger.
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English 146: Introduction to English Literature
March 07, 2013
A Unique Expression of Love
How do you express a feeling? Nothing can be more complicated in life then trying to give expression to a state of being. Feelings are convoluted and always in a constant state of change. Part of the way people express feelings is through art, such as painting or the use of written language. In Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 a unique expression of love is presented by the writer to his mistress. His….
Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare is a love story. He describe the girl as someone who is not attractive, but he still loves her none the less. The purpose of the poem is to tell people that you don’t need to be worried about appearance. It’s what’s on the inside that really matters.
Shakespeare is the speaker of this poem. It’s easy to see through the last few lines of the sonnet that he really loves this girl. It’s obvious that he can see through her non-attractiveness, but it’s also obvious….
Ethan A. Proffitt
William Shakespeare’s 130th sonnet is perhaps the most intriguing and conceptually bizarre. The majority of his sonnets on the subject of women detail how lovely and fair they are, or how he is unable to serenade them (often because of a superior man); this particular example is an utter contradiction to his other female-based works. The central idea of the speaker here is to describe the appearance of his love interest to someone else,….
Sonnet 130: Imperfectly Perfect
The secular world is increasingly fixated on the concept of beauty and the pursuit of perfection, however this preoccupation is not unique to the 20th century. While traditional love poems in the 18th century generally focused on glorifying a woman's beauty, Sonnet 130 written by William Shakespeare goes against the conventional culture of love poems and instead describes the realistic nature of his object of affection. In Sonnet 130, the idea of love and is intensely….
In the sonnet 130, by William Shakespeare, plays an elaborate joke on the convention of love poetry. He describes his beloved in a surprising way, informing that she is not the possessor of good looks. In the end poet concludes that he loves his beloved more than he could a perfect maiden. Overall, appearance does not matter where true love is concerned.
We normally expect poets to praise their woman they love by comparing them with natures most beautiful things. However, in this….
The poems “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 130” were first published in 1609 and were written by William Shakespeare. The “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 130” have no titles that are the reason that they have a number (for example 18 and 130) for the poems. The number was based on the order in which the poems were first published in 1609. These poems are two of one hundred fifty four poems written by Shakespeare. The poems consist of fourteen lines that is divided into two parts. One is an opening octet with eight….
Sonnet 116 and 130
In two of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Sonnet 116 and 130, he shows love in a different, yet interesting way through tone, imagery, and meaning of love. In these sonnets, he shows how love is forever, and describes the uniqueness of love. He shows that true, real love can overcome all obstacles, and that you should never give up on love.
In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare writes and anti-sonnet. He is writing the real version of love, because you cannot idealize love. This is a parody….
Sonnet Analysis-Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare
I will be writing about “Sonnet 130” that was written in 1609 by William Shakespeare. The theme of this sonnet is romance, but it isn’t the conventional love poem were you praise your mistress and point out to the readers all the ways in which she is perfect and the best. In this sonnet we could see that beauty isn’t a rush when you talk about love and how does Shakespeare compares her mistress appearance to things which she isn’t, this means her….
Title: An overview of “Sonnet 130”
Author(s): Joanne Woolway
Source: Poetry for Students. Detroit: Gale. From Literature Resource Center.
Document Type: Critical essay
[Joanne Woolway is a freelance writer who recently earned her Ph.D. from Oriel College, Oxford, England. In the following essay, Woolway analyzes how, in “Sonnet 130,” Shakespeare “succeeds...in turning traditional poetic conventions around.” She also takes a close look at the ways Shakespeare's versification—his skill patterning….