Literary Analysis Of Sonnet 130 By William Shakespeare

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Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 130 stands out from the rest of the sonnets written by Shakespeare mainly from its witty and satirical stance point of the lover the speaker bears rather than doting on her from the beginning. Most sonnets tend to compare one 's lover to something beautiful or wonderful, but right from the beginning of this piece, it is evident that it doesn 't follow the same path. Comparatively, Shakespeare is well known for comparing lovers to 'summer 's day ', but Sonnet 130 skirts around the idea that one shouldn 't simply compare their lover to the improbable. In a sense, Shakespeare is almost mocking himself in this sonnet, as well as others who might have compared lovers and wives to things far more gracious than what could possibly be true. Elizabethan standards greatly differed from the standards that Shakespeare, himself, is pointing out in the sonnet he has written for this woman, and continues to break the convention throughout his lines.
In the beginning, the sonnet makes you believe it’s a negative, comparing her to the stereotyped “bad” traits
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Having fifteen lines, and more than ten syllables per line in some of the lines during the poem, this already breaks the standards set by the likes of Shakespeare and sonnet writers before him. To call the sonnet ‘Silence’ in the first instance is counter-productive in a sense, for poetry is never silent and to write about silence seems to make the point of silence redundant. Based on just the title alone, one might think the speaker is going to write about what he thinks when he is left alone in silence, or what silence might bring to people, but when you read on, and finally get to the seventh line, you realise that this isn’t the case at all, and the poem is indeed about the silence that comes with a very human

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