Comparison Of Beauty In Beauty By William Shakespeare And Lord Byron's Sonnet 130

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In today’s society a person’s beauty is based on the views of a society. Society over time has changed the perception of beauty, especially a woman’s beauty. Modern times wants a woman as the “whole package”, she must possess a curves body but be thin, must have color within her skin but not be too dark and other criteria that are not possible. Two poems that one can use to demonstrate beauty are written by William Shakespeare and Lord Byron. The poem Sonnet 130 written by William Shakespeare and She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron both describe a woman’s beauty of whom they have feelings for. However Shakespeare points out the flaws within her beauty while Byron focuses on his admiration of the beauty. Although these two authors speak on two…show more content…
Most readers would give it a second glance because it comes off as a list of things that he points out as ‘flaws’. Conversely he is actually claiming her quirks as things he finds beautiful and loves about her. The last few stanzas within the poem present this ideal. “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know / That music hath a far more pleasing sound” (Shakespeare 09 -10). Shakespeare is saying that he loves to hear her speak even though music has more of a pleasant tone than she. One can interpret that despite the woman is not having a stunning or melodic voice he would still prefer her voice over music. His perception of her beauty surpasses what others consider beautiful. This is shown again in his ending couplet of the sonnet. “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare / As any she belied with false compare”…show more content…
He admires every aspect her by comparing her to night and day. “And all that’s best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes” (Byron 3 – 4). She is the combination of dark and bright showing the best of both sides. As well that her eyes may sparkle despite being dark color. Byron uses this comparison throughout the poem in the stanzas constantly showing her flaws are not flaws but beautiful. She is a balance of beauty. He continues in the third stanza of showing the two sides of the coin. “The smiles that win, the tints that glow, / But tell of days in goodness spent” (Byron 15 – 16). She has a glowing smile and blushes when told but that she also has spent her life doing good things. She is not just a pretty face but her beauty goes further and is more than skin deep. She is also is a good person on the inside. Byron focuses on the wholeness of the beauty by displaying that she is seen as a good way by not just her looks but also by her actions. “Byron consistently approaches and represents the object of beauty with an indirection that locates that object 's aesthetic power in the ambience it creates and the effects to which that ambience gives rise. This suggests that although the poem 's nominal subject is the uncommon beauty of one particular lady, its real subject is something quite different: the sublime effect of the contrasts arising from the initial perception
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