Sonnet 130 Essay

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Rebecca Hernandez Mr. Thompson AP English September 6, 2013 In Sonnet 130 by, William Shakespeare, the tone of the first twelve lines contrast the tone of the last two lines, and the theme of this entire work is recognized because of this difference. In this sonnet the woman is not compared to a pleasant appearance, but is being praised for her flaws. Shakespeare presents the turn in the final couplet by stating that no matter how much is wrong with his mistress; he still loves her and thinks she is beautiful. The comparisons usually given in other love poems and sonnets are literally impossible because it is a false image compared to Sonnet 130. In the first twelve lines, the sonnet mocks the form, content, and typical petrarchan metaphors by representing a speaker who decides to tell the truth about his mistress’s appearance. Shakespeare ridicules her eyes, breast, hair, cheeks, breath, voice, and the way she walks. Shakespeare is dismissing the cliché of poems and being realistic, “But no such roses see I in her cheeks” he literally cannot see roses in her cheeks. Your mistress’s eyes are like the sun? That’s strange; my mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun. Your mistress’s breath smells like perfume? My mistress’s reeks compared to perfume. The tone of the final couplet is however, serious and honest. The final two lines establish the author’s theme when he shifts the turn from mocking and being playful to acknowledging her imperfections. He sees her flaws and shares them instead of keeping them inside. He loves her for who she is and does not compare her to false images. She does not have to be the ideal of perfection, beauty, and grace for him to be in love with her. The sonnet compares the speaker’s lover to a number of other beauties, and none in the lover’s favor. This sonnet shows that it is unrealistic to put women on pedestals and

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