Analysis Of ' Sonnet 130 By William Shakespeare And Lord Byron

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In today’s society a person’s beauty is subjected to social media and the eyes of the public ideals. Society over time has changed the perception of beauty, especially a woman’s beauty. Modern times wants a woman as the “whole package”, she must possess a curves body, but be thin, must have color within her skin but not be too dark and other criteria that are not possible. However the past such as the 1500s to 1700s have a different ideal of beauty. Two poems that one can use to demonstrate beauty from the past are written by William Shakespeare and Lord Byron. The poem, Sonnet 130 written by William Shakespeare and She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron both describe a woman’s beauty of whom they have feelings for. However Shakespeare points out the flaws within her beauty while Byron focuses on his admiration of natural beauty. Perception is defined as “a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression” (Google). These two authors went against their time period ideals of beauty. Although beauty is subjective these two authors displayed similarities of what they desire, beauty is subjective because it can also be seen as a natural thing a woman possess or that beauty can have flaws.

Sonnet 130 written by William Shakespeare was written as a love poem and it must be read at least twice to get a full understanding of it. Most readers would give it a second glance because it comes off as a list of things that he points out as ‘flaws’. Conversely…

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