Essay on William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130

1605 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Poetry is a form of literature written for expressing emotions or ideas. More commonly, love poems are typically written to express deep love for their special companion. William Shakespeare presents a parody of traditional love poetry in “Sonnet 130”. The narrator separates from the idea of flattery being one of the best ways to profess his/her love. Instead, the narrator, a non-conformist, uses comparisons and contrasting metaphors to describe his/her mistress. Shakespeare reverses the idea of a conventional love poem as the narrator strays from clichés and stereotypical beauty through the unknown gender of the speaker as well as using honesty for a true representation of their love throughout “Sonnet 130”. To begin with, the narrator’s gender is unknown. it is easy to assume that the speaker is male considering the gender of the author and the main focus being on the mistress who is a woman. The sonnet focuses on the physical beauty of the mistress, but the descriptions do not allude to whether the physical attraction is coming from a man or a woman. In lines two and three, “Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; / if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;” (Shakespeare 2-3), we read about her lips and her breasts. This sexualizes the woman, but nowhere does the speaker speak of his or her own sex. The reader wants to believe that the speaker is a man, as romance could only be considered if it was between a woman and a man under the conventions of the…

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