True love exists only in the character’s words and feelings such as selfishness and obsession are mistaken for true love. By analyzing each character’s relationships one can argue that the characters are persuaded to falsely fall in love and that love is simply an illusion. The questioning and persistence of true love begins with the opening scene. It is a dialog between a minor, ... ... middle of paper ... ...m man. Throughout A Midsummer’s Night Dream Shakespeare argues that the notion that is perceived as love is often not love at all and it’s rather selfishness or an obsession.
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. Although, in the end, Shakespeare embraces the overall Petrarchan theme of total and consuming love. Sonnet 130 openly mocks the traditional love sonnets of the time. This is, perhaps, made most apparent through the use of subversive comparisons and exaggerated similes. The intention of a subversive comparison is to mimic a traditional comparison yet highlight the opposite purpose.
Another type of love is reflected through Touchstone, Duke Frederick’s fool: the purely sexual kind of love, demonstrated in the sexual references Touchstone employs in his journey with Rosalind and Celia. Despite the various types of love displayed in the play, the author also demonstrates a personal interpretation of the ideal love: the balanced and non-physical kind of love. Indeed, throughout the play, Shakespeare uses Ganymede and the Melancholy Jaques to criticize the love between Silvius and Phoebe as well as between Touchstone and Audrey. First of all, Silvius’ exaggerated view of love displays the irrationality of his love for Phoebe, a rather unattractive young lady as described by Ganymede. As soon as Silvius appears in the play, he explains to Corin, an older shepherd, that no one can possibly understand his obsession for Phoebe: “O, thou didst never loved so heartily.
But he describes her as an earthly and realistic woman. All woman normally in poetry are belied with false metaphors to describe them, but the author of this poem had not misrepresented his lover using fake metaphors to describe her. He is illustrating to us that she is a normal woman and love is not based on physical beauty, but rather their mental personality. The author knows women are not the perfect beauties that they are portrayed to be and that men should love them anyway. This is implied in the last two lines “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare, As any she belied with false compare”.
Despite the negative connotations of his mistress, Shakespeare speaks a true woman and true love. The sonnet is a "how-to" guide to love. This poem speaks of a love that is truer than denoting a woman's physical perfection or her "angelic voice." As those traits are all ones that will fade with time, Shakespeare exclaims his true love by revealing her personality traits that caused his love. Shakespeare suggests that the eyes of the woman he loves are not twinkling like the sun: "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" (1).
Through the use of comparisons, the English sonnet and an anti-Petrarchan approach, he creatively gets his point across. "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" uses comparisons to express Shakespeare's idea of love as opposed to lust. A lustful man would focus on a woman's pleasing physical characteristics, such as white breasts, beautiful hair, red lips, and fragrant breath; however, Shakespeare's mistress possesses none of these great characteristics. Shakespeare, instead, uses metaphors to express her physical shortcomings. "Coral is far more red than her lips' red" (line 2) describes his mistress' faded lips.
Daniel’s “Sonnet 6” vs. Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130” Daniel wrote a conventional love sonnet using the traditional Petrarchan style of putting the idea of love, or the mistress, on a pedestal. Shakespeare turned these ideas on their heads by portraying a mistress who was by no means special and most certainly unappealing. By comparing Daniel's “Sonnet 6” and Shakespeare's “Sonnet 130,” one may quickly conclude that Daniel’ s and Shakespeare’s ideas of the perfect lady and of love differ greatly.. During Daniel's time there was a traditional way of writing love poems. Many of these poems talked of an unattainable woman whose love and perfection was so great she could only be considered to be divine. This is exactly what Daniel did.
There is this notion by the author, that when love is real it can transcend all boundaries furthermore, love, even if its forbidden as in the case of Tristan and Iseult is always worthwhile. The love between the two is in contrast to Shakespeare’s notion of love which cannot transcend physical qualities such as looks. The author of Tristan and Iseult, writes about a love between two characters that involved the loving of the soul versus the love of a body. Although the two stories show a contradiction in how love can be perceived, the two authors in their own ways reflect on the tragic disease like irrationality that can spur from love. Shakespeare exhibits love as a disease, something that plagues the senses of people to look beyond beauty, reason etc.
Never risk your heart to a fool, for if you do you will surely become one. Love can be found in many different ways, but the idea of true love is one’s opinion. Love can be foolish or amazing depending on who you are. Love is a dark and intangible feeling that often exposes its targets to danger, pain and suffering. Love is set out to be full of happiness, yet it works to weaken us, and drives us to depend on and to be sensitive of others.
Shakespeare’s style of writing sonnets subverts the Barrate-Browning’s style of writing sonnets, where they antithesis the traditional view of love. The most basic gist in both sonnets that they both address to their loved ones which is courtly described the reality in both sonnets. In comparison Shakespeare addresses his sonnet to a “Dark Lady” which lacks of clichés and very touched poignancy. In addition Elizabeth Barrett –Browning addresses her sonnet t... ... middle of paper ... ...of love according to their base of love and how do they in fact subvert it. In comparison, both sonnets has the equivalent feelings on the reader which is to love a person for a sake of love and that love does not forever come from the physical attractions with whichever person.