1 • • Shakira 24 Feb. 2012 “My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” “My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare where he talks about the beauty of his mistress being less than what he is comparing her too. Mistress was the term used in Shakespeare’s time to refer to a wife or sweetheart. Shakespeare’s describes his mistress as an imperfect woman. His love for his mistress is from the heart rather than loving her with her physical appearance. Although his mistress is far from perfect Shakespeare still manages to find ways to bring out her inner beauty. Shakespeare compares his mistress to the beauty of his love for nature. Shakespeare is
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Shakespeare goes on to say “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know that music hath a far more pleasing sound; again I find Shakespeare’s words to be a bit harsh. Shakespeare is saying that he loves to listen to her talk but he would rather listen to music. Music is often used by men to tune out their wives whine or nag them all of the time. Shakespeare begins to lighten up on his mistress speaking softly about her “I grant I never saw a goddess go” Shakespeare is saying that even though she is far from perfect she is the goddess of his eyes. When he uses the word “goddess” that tells us that she is beautiful, perfect, and the love of his life in his world. Also in this line Shakespeare lets us know that with all the flaws of his mistress he loves her, and he sees her for her true beauty. Shakespeare shows that she is still human even though she is not the prettiest. “My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground”, he is stating that he holds her head high and he worship the ground she walks on.
Shakespeare closes his sonnet by saying “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare, to me Shakespeare is saying regardless of everything she is not any woman could not dare compare to the love that he has for his