The Eye Of The Beholder Essay

1621 Words Dec 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder
During Shakespeare’s era, sonnets were popular, especially love sonnets. Men expressed their love for women through writing love sonnets for them, a famous one being Francesco Petrarca, aka Petrarch. In his 292th sonnet, he writes, “the waving hair of unmixed gold that shone,/the smile that flashed with the angelic rays” (5-6), to describe his lover. He continues to list the rest of her beautiful qualities, and his love for her can be clearly felt throughout the sonnet, similar to other love sonnets written at the time no matter the author. However, in Shakespeare 's sonnet 130, it seems as though he does not believe his mistress is beautiful, as he does the opposite: listing his mistress’ unattractive qualities. But the true meaning of the sonnet is revealed at the end, and the message is clear. In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare utilizes similes, metaphors, strong imagery, and parodies other love sonnets to ridicule the traditional method of poets expressing their love, asserting that the poetic clichés of comparing women to nature are unrealistic and superficial, and that true love is about more than physical appearances, honest beauty being more important than any other in the world.
In the first quatrain, Shakespeare uses similes, metaphors, and imagery to mock the customary expression of love for poets at the time. The sonnet begins with a reverse simile, “My mistress ' eyes are nothing like the sun” (1). The eyes of the mistress are…

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