William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130 And Adonis And The Rape Of Lucrence

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William Shakespeare was a poet and playwright, who did not earn his reputation as “an immensely stylish and accomplished poet” until his narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrence, which his reputation elevated even more “by [a] manuscript circulation of his sonnets” (Shakespeare 1170). In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 or “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” is a poem that is part of a group of sonnets that “focus chiefly on the so-called Dark Lady as an alluring but degrading object of desire” (Shakespeare 1170). Sonnet 130 can be identified as a Shakespearean or English sonnet. The rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef gg thus breaking the sonnet into three quatrains and one couplet. It is written in of iambic pentameter which consists of 5 stressed and 5 unstressed syllables. The sonnet is written in first person point of view and the persona or speaker is a man. Shakespeare takes a different approach in his sonnet of how women are usually portrayed in other works. In this particular sonnet Shakespeare does a twist to the traditional love sonnet. Instead of praising the beauty of a woman he does the exact opposite. Throughout the poem, the persona does not make exaggerated comparisons about his mistress, but humanizers her.
In the first quatrain, the persona compares his mistress’ eyes to be “nothing like the sun,” her lips are not red, “her breasts are dun,” and her hair resembles wires sprouting from her head (Shakespeare 1184). By the first…

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