Free College Essays - Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

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Sonnet 130 Shakespeare was obviously a very deep, passionate and learned man; he was very open with how he felt and was able to express it in a way that was very exact and easy to comprehend. In his sonnets, which, to me, are like a little diary, he talks a lot about his life involving his mistress as well as a male friend that he may or may not have been involved with. In Sonnet 130 Shakespeare is talking of his mistress, her faults and his feelings about her an her faults. the duration of the piece is spent pointing out the faults of this woman and how he thinks that any other man would be simply repulsed by this woman. I feel that the format of this Sonnet in terms of content and Shakespeare's feelings served two purposes. He first wanted to convey the image that even though his mistress was not as fair as one would hope for, they seemed to share some kind of kinship or bond that no other could share with him, not even his wife. It did not matter to him that she was not as pretty but only that she is on the same wavelength that he is. Secondly, I feel that he is explaining the fact that he does not necessarily want a "mistress" that is a knockout, and that all of the qualities that other men see in women are not his own and in fact repulses him. He says in line 13 that he loves the woman and that is rare or extraordinary which I think simply means that he cannot believe that he actually does like another woman that is not beautiful to every extent but she offers something more than just good looks.

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