Real Beauty And Beauty In Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 And 130

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William Shakespeare the well-known playwright and poet used his sonnets 130 and 127 to describe the differences between real beauty and cliché beauty. Shakespeare purpose was to satirize the poets of his time and their often-repeated opinion on beauty. He uses a cynical tone in order to convey to his readers the idea that beauty can have many forms; it does not have to fit into a conventional description to be beautiful or be obtained by artificial means. Shakespeare message is that something can look opposite, awful or natural and still be seen as beautiful.
The form of sonnet utilized throughout Shakespeare’s series, is divided into four parts. The first three parts are each four lines long, and are known as quatrains, rhymed ABAB; the fourth
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In sonnet 130, he starts off by saying, “My mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun”. From the beginning he is being direct and contradictory, he is giving his readers an idea of where he is going with the sonnet. He does not refer to the object of his affection as wife or daughter; he blatantly refers to her as mistress setting the tone for the sonnet. His tone is cynical and condescending; at this point the reader is unable to determine if he is directing his tone towards the mistress or the …show more content…
In Sonnet 130 he says, “ I think my beloved is as special as any woman whom poets have lied about with false comparisons”. This is a profound statement, he is saying that despite her not being a goddess his beloved is as beautiful as the woman, Laura, that poets were idolizing as beautiful, he even calls them liars. In sonnet 127, Shakespeare is inferring that his “dark lady” is so beautiful that everyone desires to look like her.
Shakespeare used the sonnets to say many things to his audience. He would sometimes send the sonnets as letters while other times he would read them aloud. In either case the intention was the same to make an impact on the receiver, to enthrall and change them. He would begin each sonnet as a journey often having no idea where he was going to end up, using the fourteenth line to deliver his message.
In conclusion, Shakespeare used sonnets 127 and 130 to express his ideas on real beauty. He chose sonnets as a form of expression as he wanted to dispel the cliché beauty that was being expressed by Petrarchan poets. Shakespeare successfully sought to paint a different picture of beauty that people could relate

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