Essay on 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 instead of comparing her to the stereotypical poetry. Where, in Elizabethan times, blonde ‘threads’ would normally fall from a fair maiden’s hair, he instead describes black wires. Where he would normally describe the rose cheeks of a lady, he insinuates she has none whatsoever. He is saying that he would rather compare her to the realistic values of beauty rather than the glamourized version…

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