William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130 Essay

1038 Words Jan 25th, 2016 5 Pages
In Shakespeare’s sonnet 130, the speaker ponders the beauty, or the lack thereof, of his lover. Throughout the sonnet, the speaker presents his lover as an unattractive mistress with displeasing features, but in fact, the speaker is ridiculing, through the use of vivid imagery, the conventions of love poems and the way woman are portrayed through the use of false comparisons. In the end, the speaker argues that his may lover may not be perfect, but in his eyes her beauty is equal to any woman who is abundantly admired and put through the untrue comparison.
His mistress is introduced to the reader in the first quatrain by the speakers use of imagery. The speaker paints a picture of his lovers uninspiring beauty in the reader’s mind. He opens up by describing his, “mistress’ eyes” (1) as they, “are nothing like the sun” (1); rather than using the cliché complement, being your eyes are brighter than the sun. This is where the mood becomes apparent as the speaker is mocking the conventional poetry of his time, where the beauty of women was falsely compared to grand things. The speaker continues to go against the norm as he uses nature not to objectify her beauty, but to lower her beauty in the eye of the reader; he explains how, “[c]oral is far more red than her lips’ red,” (2) and “if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun” (2). The speaker is literally stating her appearance and commenting on her imperfect skin, which would rather be perfect as white snow. The mood of the…

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