Shakespeare's My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun Many authors compose sonnets about women whom they loved. Most of these authors embellish their women's physical characteristics by comparing them to natural wonders that we, as humans, find beautiful. Shakespeare's "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" contradicts this idea, by stating that his mistress lacks most of the qualities other men wrongly praise their women for possessing. Shakespeare presents to one that true love recognizes imperfections and feels devotion regardless of flaws, while satirically expressing his personal thoughts on Petrarchan sonnets. Through the use of comparisons, the English sonnet and an anti-Petrarchan approach, he creatively gets his point across.
“My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare, is a sonnet with an interesting twist on love. He writes, “My Mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun/ Coral is far more red than her lip’s red” (2-3). He finishes the poems with these two lines, “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare/ As any she belied with false compare” (13-14). Shakespeare is implying that his lover does not fit the hyperboles’ that other poets of his time wrote about, when they spoke of their lovers. When you are truly in love looks aren’t important, because your heart doesn’t judge by appearance.
Personification is the literary device Shakespeare uses to express his own thoughts and views on the themes love as lust, clouded judgment, and death. Shakespeare’s use of personification shows that love can be mistaken as personal attraction, rather than true love. Lust makes Romeo believe his eyes are what prove his feelings, not his heart. Because he is misinterpreting lust as love, he worships Rosaline for her beauty, but does not realize she does not love him, nor does he actually love her. Shakespeare depicts this false fascination using personification when Romeo claims “[t]he all-seeing sun/Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun” (I.ii.99-100).
The persona use acceptance and told himself and others not to compare beauty. Maybe this is the persona’s therapy to fall in love with an ugly woman. Love is as mischievous and playful as cupid, looking it from a distance can get hurt and looking it too close can cause pain as well. By knowing it, people still want love and to be loved as they say love is blind and it will suppress your logical thinking. After looking at these sonnet, talking about different types of love and different perspective towards love objects,” beauty is in the eye of the beholder” seems like therapy statement that people use to heal from the cupid playful attack Works Cited William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130
Overall in my opinion ‘The Sick Rose’ is the poem that depicts the imperfect nature of love best. This is because it is the most serious of the poems and it is the one that contains the most warnings. In the other two poems there is a feeling of happiness. Even in ‘To His Coy Mistress’ there is a sense of love in the relationship. ‘The Sick Rose’ however does not give any feelings of happiness but instead reveals a rather dark side of love that nobody would like to be part of.
The unarguable theme in Shakespeare’s “A midsummer night’s dream” is love. Here the playwright explores how people fall in love and that the pursuit of love can make people irrational and foolish. By using the cliché that “the course of true love never did run smooth” Shakespeare suggests that love is “really an obstacle course with the capacity to turn us all into madmen.” (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). Furthermore the love represented in this play is far from true and by placing his characters in the fairy realm Shakespeare suggests that love is simply an illusion. The idea of difficult love is very often explored through the motif of” love out of balance”.
The purpose of this sonnet was to flatter his loved one and in an unexpected twist at the end, also himself. “Had we but world... ... middle of paper ... ...ent awareness to the poet from the loving and affectionate one we once felt. He comes across proud and slightly arrogant about his work, and puts a different slant on what was once a conventional love poem. In conclusion I think the 17th day reaction would have been entertaining and funny and therefore quite different to the reaction I would expect now. People today would find the poetry quite shocking and distasteful and they would not be considered politically correct.
“Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess” contain features of obsessive love. In my essay, I would like to pay particular attention to unrequited love because it shows how the women in the poems are seen as a possession, which the men must rightfully have. I will also look at aspects of obsessive love. “To His Coy Mistress” is not generally positioned in this type of love as the poem does not really contain obsessive love, but in my opinion it can be placed in the category as the speaker is pressuring the girl into having sex with him and he wants her to sleep with him now. He is being seen as obsessive and wanting things his way, immediately.
She does not have that hourglass figure or a model type body. We know that out love will not have the best features, but that is the reason to fall in love. Shakespeare writes that rarity is the reason his attractions to her, not because she is the fairest of them all. Shakespeare writes the things everyone do not wants in a love, “... ... middle of paper ... ...aste the Heaney and Shakespeare had was different from the others. Shakespeare described it as rare, and Heaney as, “I’ve no spade to follow men like them.” It is love.
Sonnet 130 is Shakespeare’s harsh yet realistic tribute to his quite ordinary mistress. Conventional love poetry of his time would employ Petrarchan imagery and entertain notions of courtly love. Francis Petrarch, often noted for his perfection of the sonnet form, developed a number of techniques for describing love’s pleasures and torments as well as the beauty of the beloved. While Shakespeare adheres to this form, he undermines it as well. Through the use of deliberately subversive wordplay and exaggerated similes, ambiguous concepts, and adherence to the sonnet form, Shakespeare creates a parody of the traditional love sonnet.