William Shakespeare created his sonnet in reference to an Italian poet by the name of Francesco Petrarch, who spent majority of the 14th century writing a series of love poems to his love interest named Laura (Helium). Shakespeare’s sonnet “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun,” on the surface could be interpreted exactly as the title states: Shakespeare has a mistress, who although he saw something in her to be with her, has eyes unlike the sun. However, although it is similar to that description broken down, Shakespeare had a much deeper theme and meaning behind the poem. Shakespeare’s sonnet follows a rhyming scheme of abab cdcd efef gg. Like stated previously, Shakespeare compares a mistress of his eyes to the sun. Shakespeare mentions that even though the sun is beautiful, the eyes of his mistress fail in comparison. He immediately establishes his speaker as a bitter man who is disappointed in his mistress’ beauty, as it is not as beautiful as...
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