At first the poem seems sweet and loving by the poet, William Shakespeare, uses a biting, icy, cold, disgusting tone when he describes his mistress. The speaker says that his mistress does not move like an angel but she walk on ground. Shakespeare wrote more than thirty plays. Most people have heard on television or in movies, some guy tell his girlfriend that she has eyes as deep as the ocean or lips as soft as velvet. Compare Macbeth: Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds Or memorise another Golgotha, I cannot tell. This practice is not unique to our culture nor is it unique to our era.
The anapest is sometimes substituted for the iambus. I have loved this sonnet for many years at least in part because of Sting! He can just tell his mistress, plainly and simply, that he loves her for who she is. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. Sonnets are structured poems that dictate the length, style and even content of the poem. Although he speaks of all of her shortcomings, he sounds satisfied with his love.
The former was a long narrative poem depicting the rejection of Venus by Adonis, his death, and the consequent disappearance of beauty from the world. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare And yet I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare. Literary Devices Shakespeare uses metaphor, or a figure of speech that makes a point through comparison, all throughout his sonnet. And yet, I think she is as rare a woman as any woman who has been falsely compared to these paragons of beauty. I used to feel conflicted having to do that in my literary classes: But with that said, I tend to go how it makes me feel and I feel like its a more of a statement on how narrow the idea of beauty was over a declaration of love which came in a distant second You have missed the important point of this sonnet , it is not about the early blooming of love in youthful passion but the lasting love and friendship that endears us to our chosen one. In line 11, the speaker essentially tells us that he's willing to admit that he's never seen a goddess move.
To the same extent that many romantic poets exaggerate the beauty of their mistresses, insisting that their eyes are more beautiful than the sun, their hair fairer than hold or their cheeks redder than roses, Shakespeare decides to exaggerate how unattractive his mistress is. There is also a calm and romantic love tone, because at the end he tells us how much he loves her for the person she is. He believes his relationship with this woman is better because it is based on honesty. The following sonnet begins the dark lady sequence, the group of sonnets dealing with the narrator's irresistible attraction to a dark and beautiful woman. The narrator's emotions fluctuate between love and anger, envy and greed. Despite the negative connotations of his mistress, Shakespeare speaks a true woman and true love. At first, Shakespeare sounds critical of his mistress, but in the last two lines of the poem, he talks about how he genuinely loves her.
If hairs are like wires, hers are black and not golden. I have seen roses damask'd, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. In writing this poem, he was gently poking fun at the conventional romantic poems that were being written by other poets. In the sonnets, Petrarch praises her beauty, her worth, and her perfection using an extraordinary variety of metaphors based largely on natural beauties. Shakespeare mentions the damask rose often in his plays.
Although the word mistress now refers to a sweetheart or a woman who lives with a man without being married to him, in Shakespeare's time, it meant a woman who rules others or has control. In this sonnet, Shakespeare draws on sight, sound and smell when he compares his mistress' eyes to the sun, her lips to red coral, her breasts to white snow, her hair to black wires, her cheeks to red and white roses, her breath to perfume and her voice to music. In the poem, Shakespeare describes the woman he loves, in a way that would seem not as complimentary as Petrarchan sonnets would have been. The Petrarchan or Italian sonnet, named after the fourteenth century Italian poet Petrarch. I felt like i may have asked myself the question in the opening.
Than the horrid breath of my mistress. We hope for relationships that are based on honesty, and with honesty comes depth and acceptance. Since this sonnet is a love poem about his mistress, Shakespeare chose the everyday colors of nature that he sees to identify his. He realizes the imperfections in humans. Shakespeare uses reeks often in his serious work, which illustrates the modern meaning of the word was common.
This flimsy cloth being something inescapeable ,means that it is not flimsy at all, but in fact very strong. You might also enjoy and. Many poets of the time used this term as a benchmark of beauty, including Spenser: Some angel she had been, Her long loose yellow locks like golden wire, Sprinkled with pearl, and pearling flowers atween, Do like a golden mantle her attire, And being crowned with a garland green. The sonnets are traditionally divided into two major groups: the fair lord sonnets 1-126 and the dark lady sonnets 127-154. I felt the poem possessed a very ironic tone. At eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, a woman seven or eight years his senior.
I'm not sure if it's willingly though. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare. We find poignant examples of the narrator's jealousy in the rival poet sonnets 79-86 , where the fair lord's attention has been caught by another. Analyzing the Sonnet Sonnet 130 is starkly different in theme than Shakespeare's other sonnets. How we respond to these questions will probably come as much from our own convictions on these issues as it will from the poem itself.
Due to the plague, the London theaters were often closed between June 1592 and April 1594. The ordinary beauty and humanity of his lover are important to Shakespeare in this sonnet, and he deliberately uses typical love poetry metaphors against themselves. In Sonnet 130, the references to such objects of perfection are indeed present, but they are there to illustrate that his lover is not as beautiful -- a total rejection of Petrarch form and content. During that period, Shakespeare probably had some income from his patron, Henry Wriothesley, earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated his first two poems, Venus and Adonis 1593 and The Rape of Lucrece 1594. Straying away from the dazzling rhetoric, this Shakespearean poem projects a humane and friendly impression and elicits laughter while expressing a truer love. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound: I grant I never saw a goddess go, My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare, As any she belied with false compare.