Sonnet 130 - William Shakespeare "An Unconventional Love"

Topics: Poetry, Iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare Pages: 3 (1250 words) Published: April 12, 2013
13 February 2013
"Sonnet 130" – William Shakespeare An Unconventional Love I will be writing about William Shakespeare's poem "Sonnet 130." In the sonnet, every other line rhymes, with the exception of the last two lines which rhyme on their own as a rhyming couplet. The poem follows the rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g. This sonnet is written in iambic pentameter, containing fourteen lines and ten syllables within each line. The iambic pentameter makes the sonnet sound redundant, placing emphasis on every other word, giving an overall dull feeling. This creates a redundant sound. This is offset by the use of imagery within the text, using colours such as "red" to describe the beautiful "coral" and "white" to describe the brightness and pure "whiteness" of the reflection of the sun off of the snow. There is a contrast between the vibrant, beautiful "red" of the coral as being far more "red" than that of "her lips'." In a similar fashion, the "black wires" that come from her head, depict coldness and bleakness. I noticed that there is imagery of smell being used, through the contrast of delightful perfumes compared to "the breath that from my mistress reeks." Another source of imagery I noticed was through sound. The mistress' voice cannot compare to that of music illustrates the idea that her voice is not like that of sweet, enchanting music. The second sound imagery is found in the way "she walks, treads on the ground." It produces heavy thumping and a lack of elegance as envisioned when I think of a "goddess go." There is also a link to religion or a higher power, when "goddess" and "heaven" are depicted. The alliteration in line eleven and twelve, the hard "g" sounds can be heard in "grant," "goddess," "go," and "ground." There is assonance found in line one with the "i" sounds, "my," "eyes," and "like." The most notable feature about this sonnet is the frequent use of metaphors throughout the sonnet, but instead of using them in the...
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