Analysis Of The Poem ' My Mistress ' Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun '

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William Shakespeare’s poem, My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun(Sonnet 130), contains much figurative language and many poetic devices. This poem is understood through figurative language such as metaphor or simile and hyperbole, and through poetic devices such as allusion and Imagery. Shakespeare wants readers to really think about what is being said in this poem.

Metaphors, similes, and hyperboles are very popular figurative language in the writing world. Metaphors and similes tend to go together or build upon each other to help a piece of writing improve its level of comprehension to its readers. Metaphors compare two unlike things by directly calling one thing the other, which shows strength and meaning, or how important that phrase is. Similes compare two unlike objects using “like” or “as.” which brings a lighter feel to a piece of writing. Shakespeare starts the play with, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” (Line 1). Instead of opening with a direct metaphor, Shakespeare uses an easygoing simile to get things together. If he had taken out the like, and the line Like, being the keyword, Shakespeare starts off with an easy enough simile for readers to understand where the poem is heading or give them an idea of where it is heading. Hyperboles make a poem exciting, they are exaggerated statements and not really meant to be taken literally Metaphors and similes are a big part of Shakespeare 's writing. He uses all figurative devices throughout this poem…

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