Analysis Of Sonnet 130 By William Shakespeare Essay

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Consider this scenario; one of your closet friends sets you up on a blind date with an attractive woman. Your friend tells you this woman “looks like a Barbie doll” with hair as yellow as the sun, cheeks as red as a rose, and eyes as blue as sapphire. It is unlikely your blind date will have these features. In the real world women cannot have the same physical assets as a Barbie doll—with sun yellow hair, and sapphire eyes because dolls are manufactured, and women are human—Imperfect and aging. In sonnet # 130 Shakespeare reveals the complexities of his writings as he expresses his love for his mistress. In regards to spousal relationships and matters of the heart it is in imperative not to hold another person to impossible standards because in time all beauty fades. In the first quatrain, the speaker conveys the truth about his mistress through saying that she does not compare to divine beauty. “My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun. (Line 1) “In this line, a traditional figure of speech from the Renaissance is used. Poets would often refer to a woman’s eyes as shining like the sun. Realistically, it is impossible for a human’s eyes to shine, and glow like the sun. Shakespeare continues the sonnet moving onto his mistress’s breasts. The reader begins to get an eerie feeling as Shakespeare describes his mistress’s breast as “dun”. The word “dun” is an archaic word used to describe a dull dingy gray. His use of diction shows the complexity of his poem and proves…

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