Essay about William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130

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In Shakespeare: Sonnet 130, by William Shakespeare, the sonnet paints an emotionally bitter picture of an ugly woman described by her lover, the speaker. The speaker points out the woman’s features by noting her conventionally unpleasant physical features by discussing his mistress’s real beauty, which is not perfect, but true. Also, the mistresses’ features are exaggerated by the way the speaker compares her to only polar opposites. The sonnet explores the broad idea of conventional beauty and it’s relation to realism, as well as the imperfections found in human features. It goes further to point out the difference between the two, and proposes which one is better, through the speaker’s description of his mistress and the admiration he feels towards her. In the Shakespeare: Sonnet 130, Shakespeare uses alliteration and metre to illustrate the presentation of true beauty and imperfections. ( do you have to mention how loved true beauty is)

Meter is used in this sonnet to achieve the idea that the imperfections in a humans physical features are factors that are not meant to be viewed as a negative and distasteful, and do not mask over a person as a whole. For example, the inconsistent stressed and unstressed syllables throughout the poem disrupt, the beautifulness of the iambic pentameter in the sonnet, but do not tarnish it. This is shown in the following quote, “If hair be wires, black wires grow on her head. /I have seen roses damasked red and white, / But no such roses…

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