My Mistress’ Eyes Essay

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One can see the beauty in a women’s eyes, but not like they can in Shakespeare’s mistress. “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” is a man explaining his lovers looks compared to other items. At first it is hateful things, but towards the end he writes about how much he loves her. Shakespeare’s sonnets show quatrains/couplet, words being stressed, and rhyming patterns. “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” is an easy sonnet compared to other love poems. The quatrains/couplet is the conflict and answer in the sonnet, of which there are three quatrain in this sonnet and one couplet. Shakespeare uses four comparisons, one for each line. Shakespeare states, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” (1) which makes the first line mean he compares eyes like the sun. Shakespeare then says, “Coral is far more red than her lips’ red” (2) her lips are like coral. Shakespeare compares, “If snow be white, why then her breast are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head” (3) meaning snow white breast, and hair like gold. In the second and third quatrain Shakespeare uses images, two each, still with comparison. In the fifth line one reads, “I have seen roses damasked red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks” (5) meaning the mistress has cheeks like roses. The sixth line says, “And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks” (6) understanding her breath is like perfume. The mistress has to have a voice like music, “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know|that music hath a far more pleasing sound” (9-10). Shakespeare says she walks like a goddess, “I grant I never saw a goddess go” (11). Even though the sonnet seems negative, it gets to be positive in the end. Even though one cannot tell this sonnet stresses a word, it does. It stresses about the mistress and how awful she is, but in different
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