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sonnet 130

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tiffany gunn

on 12 May 2010

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Transcript of sonnet 130

Sonnet 130 Shakespeare rarely uses
and in fact opposes comparisons
to the ideals of beauty
to emphasise his lover's unique and
unusual beauty. He says 'my mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun'. "Black wires grow on her head"
The lack of similes
and metaphors show that his mistress
is honestly a rare woman in his eyes and
not just an exaggerated idealised figure. This poem is written in an
IAMBIC PENTAMETER, with 10 syllables to each line. In the last rhyming couplet, the rhythm is disrupted suggesting the HEIGHT of his emotions to his mistress. The way in which the last two lines differ from the rest of the poem mirrors how his lover differs from other women and generic ideals. Shakespeare's calm tone of voice
suggests that he is not in an EXHILARATING
new relationship, but rather in a LONG TERM
relationship built upon HONESTY and TRUST. The colours red and white are prominent in the poem suggesting the reference to love and purity. The relationship Shakespeare shares with his mistress is conveyed to be truthful, honest and loving.

'Coral is far more red than her lips' red'
'If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun' There are many references to NATURE in the poem, such as 'snow' 'coral' 'sun' and 'roses.' This REITERATES her portrayal as a real, natural woman. This poem is thought
to be a response to Petrarch's portrayal of Laura, his love, where he explains she is goddess-like. However, Shakespeare contradicts these ideas, portraying his lover as a real woman, and not goddess like in any way. The simplicity and calm tone
of the poem means there are no
run on lines. The fact that their love
is old and strong is symbolised through
the stability and simplicity of the poem This love poem is an unconvential explanation of Shakespeare's love for his mistress. In the sonnet, Shakespeare explains the rare beauty his mistress posseses despite her seemingly unattractive appearance that does not conform to convential ideals of beauty. http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.co.uk/#/features/videos/doveFilms.aspx[cp-documentid=8367188|video-id=2]/ Sonnet 130 is relevant as shakespeare
talks about real beauty, because
even today we are faced with unrealistic
images of what beauty should look like.
In the ending Shakespeare
says in spite of all her faults, he genuinely loves his mistress: 'I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare.' He is meaning appearances are not what matter where true love is concerned and also
emphasising the point that, love is blind. He loves her for who she is not what she looks like.
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