The Idea Of Love In Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

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Love can be conveyed in many ways. It can be expressed through movements, gestures or even words on a paper. In William Shakespeare’s poems, “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 130,” both revolve around the idea of love, but are expressed in a different ways in terms of the mood, theme and the language used.

Reading the poem once or twice may cause a reader to suggest that these two poems have the same mood. While both poems have a reference to a woman, they also vary in some ways. In “Sonnet 18,” the tone is all about love and the affection that Shakespeare has for his women. For example, Shakespeare compares a summer day to his women and says that she is “more lovely” and “more temperate.” The main reason he writes this poem is to
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In “Sonnet 18,” the theme is that what is written in poetry is everlasting; Shakespeare is talking about the beauty of a woman and saying that her beauty will never go away because he is putting it into a poem. He begins the poem by comparing her to a summer day, but then starts talking about how she is much more beautiful. He continues comparing a summer day to his true love and shows how she is much fairer throughout the whole poem. He says, for instance, “But thy eternal summer shall not fade, nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st.” Shakespeare is saying that his true loves beauty will never go away and that she will remain beautiful forever. However, in “Sonnet 130” the theme is more about appearances and how you can love someone, who might not be as beautiful. Throughout the poem, Shakespeare is trying to say the looks are not everything. The only thing he talks about is the way his lady looks; he does not mention her personality. For example, he says “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know that music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; my mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.” Another theme for “Sonnet 130” is writing and literature. The main reason for Shakespeare to make this poem was to make fun of other poems. He is showing how some poetic metaphors can become. This poem is about other poems as much as it is about a woman he loves. The themes in…show more content…
In “Sonnet 18” the very first line is a simile: “Shall I compare thee to a summer 's day.” He is comparing a summer day to the beauty of his lover. There is also metaphor in this poem, when Shakespeare says “thy eternal summer shall not fade." He is saying the she will always look young to him and is comparing eternal summer to the girl.. Another device used in this sonnet is imagery. Throughout the sonnet, he uses imagery with the way he describes the summer day and the way he describes the woman’s beauty. For example, “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.” “Sonnet 130” also has similes and metaphors. “My mistress ' eyes are nothing like the sun,” is an example of a metaphor. The sun is being compared to the girl’s eyes. In “Sonnet 130” there is also imagery, but it is defined in a different way. In this sonnet, imagery is through negative thoughts and words. He says “My mistress ' eyes are nothing like the sun” and that “Coral is far more red than her lips ' red.” He is comparing coral to his ladies lips. In these two sonnets, imagery is used similarly since both show how beautiful the woman is, in each separate poem. However, imagery in Sonnet 130 explains that beauty is not everything due to his women being not as beautiful as the one in Sonnet 18, but still loving her. While in Sonnet 18, the imagery shows that his women is more beautiful than a “Summer’s day,” and that her beauty will last
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