Compare And Contrast The Way Speakers Portray Thei Essay

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Compare and contrast the way speakers portray their different views and ideas on love in the poems ‘Sonnet 130’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Anne Hathaway’ by Carol Ann Duffy. What is love? Love is accepting. Love is appreciating. Love is wanting to make another feel good. Throughout the history of mankind love has been defined as universal, mysterious and complex. This is why many poets throughout history and modern poets still choose to make love the topic of conversation in their poems because it’s a unique and mysterious feeling that can be interpreted in many various ways. The theme of love is discussed in the poems ‘Sonnet 130’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Anne Hathaway’ by Carol Ann Duffy. In ‘Sonnet 130’ Shakespeare describes his mistress’s eyes as ‘nothing like the sun’, this goes against the normal conventions of a traditional sonnet. This is because in a traditional sonnet the poet would praise the woman that he loved by telling us that her eyes do shine like the sun. He would use the word ‘sun’ to emphasise how important she is to him because everything revolves around the ‘sun’, so this would imply that his life revolves around her. Traditional sonnets were written by men to women who were unobtainable; the women were usually married or engaged. However in ‘Sonnet 130’ the word ‘mistress’ tells us that Shakespeare is married and is having an affair with the woman who he is writing the sonnet to. By doing this Shakespeare has reversed the roles which shows that he is implying that he is just describing reality and that he doesn’t like following trends and likes to do what he wants, just like Carol Anne Duffy has done in ‘Anne Hathaway’. Shakespeare uses the iambic pentameter in ‘Sonnet 130’ to help emphasize the relationship between the words which helps the sonnet flow more smoothly. By using the iambic pentameter Shakespeare could also be

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