Essay on William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130

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Sonnet 130 Have you ever read a poem and did not understand it, even after reading it over and over again? Authors use things such as figurative language in order for you to have to think to figure out the poem is saying. Knowing what figurative language is may help you figure out the poem. Figurative language is “used with a meaning that is different from the basic meaning and that expresses an idea in an interesting way by using language that usually describes something else.” (Merriam Webster) This means what the author is not directly saying what they actually mean. William Shakespeare uses figurative language well because he uses it to explain how he can still be a good poet and write a good poem without writing a love poem or being romantic. In sonnet 130 he shows all his mistresses’ flaws. He says that her features are not as great as things like the sun, snow and roses. But some things he says her features are compared some not so pleasant things such as black wire. But in the end he tells her that she is rare and that she doesn’t need to be compared to things. In Sonnet 130, the author William Shakespeare, uses figurative language often. He uses them to explain how imperfect his mistress’ is. Figurative language are things such as similes, metaphors, understatements, hyperbole, and apostrophe. Similes are comparisons between two
Gainey 2 unlike things using like or as. A metaphor is saying something is something else, without using like or as. A Hyperbole is…

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