Sonnet 130 and My Ugly Love Contrast and Comparison Shakespeare’s sonnet 130, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” and Pablo Neruda’s “My ugly love” are popularly known to describe beauty in a way hardly anyone would write: through the truth. It’s a common fact that modern lovers and poets speak or write of their beloved with what they and the audience would like to hear, with kind and breathtaking words and verses. Yet, Shakespeare and Neruda, honest men as they both were, chose to write about what love truly is, it matters most what’s on the inside rather than the outside. The theme of true beauty and love are found through Shakespeare and Neruda’s uses of imagery, structure, and tone. The imagery portrayed in both Shakespeare and Neruda’s sonnet share the juxtaposition between negative and positive imagery. Still, Neruda’s sonnet constantly interchanges negative and positive verses more than Shakespeare does. For instance, the first quatrain of Neruda’s sonnet perfectly portrays the mentioned juxtaposition with “My ugly, you’re a messy chestnut. My beauty, you are pretty as the wind. Ugly: your mouth is big enough for two mouths. Beauty: your kisses are as fresh as melons.” This imagery, in addition, involves two famous types of poetic devices: metaphor and simile. It’s intriguing to see that the metaphors are used to describe the ugly, while the similes are used for the beauty. These two devices add on to our understanding as readers to see that with the metaphors for the ugly is meant to make us see an over exaggerated view of the speaker’s reality in regards to his beloved and the similes for the beauty is meant for us to see what the speaker really sees because he is in love. In contrast, Shakespeare’s sonnet twice as much negative, but honest imagery within the three quatrains. The first quatrain serves as the ideal example of the concept, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; If snow be white,
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An Unconventional Love- Sonnet 130
If one were talking about a beloved, one would go out of one's way to praise her and point out all of the ways that she is the best. However, in William Shakespeare'sSonnet 130, Shakespeare spends the poem comparing his mistress's appearance to other things, and tells the reader how she doesn't measure up to the comparisons. While using the standard Shakespearean iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of….
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, in the most….
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 use of metaphors and similes emphasize the contrast between….
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.
These ideas are introduced in….
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….
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….
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….
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….
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….
Compare and Contrast
‘Sonnet 130’ with ‘Blessing’
In this essay I am going to discuss and explore ‘Sonnet 130’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Blessing’ by Imtiaz Dharker. I will focus on the differences and similarities between both poems in terms of language, themes and poetic devices.
I feel that ‘Sonnet 130’ seems to imply the fact that Shakespeare is insulting his Mistress. He does so by saying what she is not. He says negative things about her….