Sonnet 130 - William Shakespeare

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Sonnet 130 William Shakespeare was born in April in 1654. He died on his birthday in 1616. During the time he was alive, he wrote many poems and sonnets. Shakespeare wrote a total of 154 sonnets. Majority of them were written to his "Dark Lady." Most people think that the "Dark Lady" is not his wife, more of a sexual companion. He wrote almost all of his sonnets in fourteen lines with three, four line stanzas, and ended with a rhyming couplet. In sonnet 130, he uses his normal rhyme scheme and writes a poem to his "Dark Lady." In this sonnet he compares his "Dark Lady" to things that are supposed to be beautiful. He uses these items do explain what his "Dark Lady" looks like. He compares her eyes to the sun and her lips to coral. Most of the time it would be a compliment to give a women, but he explains how she is not as beautiful as the things he is describing and basically insults her. By the end of the poem he talks about how he loves her even though she may not be as beautiful as all the things he described. The main point that he is trying to make is that love doesn't have to be excessive, even with her imperfections, he still loves her. The poem starts off with him talking about his mistress' eyes. "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun." Instead of being like most poets, Shakespeare says that his mistress' eyes are not like the sun. He is almost insulting her by pointing out that her eyes are not beautiful and that is one imperfection that she has. In line two, he continues to mock her by comparing her lips to coral. Women put on bright red lipstick to stick out and make them look prettier, but Shakespeare says that her lips are not red. " Coral is far more red than her lips' red." He is now pointing out two problems that she has by saying her eyes are not beautiful and coral is far more red than her lips. Not only

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