The Theme of Unconditional Love in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

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The Theme of Unconditional Love in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

'Sonnet 130' sounds as if it is mocking all of the other poems of Shakespeare's era. Love poems of this time period made women out to be superficial goddesses. 'Sonnet 130' takes the love poem to a deeper, more intimate level where looks are no longer important and it is inner beauty that matters.

Shakespeare paints this picture using a wonderful combination of metaphors

and a simile. He starts the poem out with a simile comparing his mistress' eyes to the sun. He then quickly switches over to using the metaphors to compare the rest of his mistress' characteristics, such as her breasts to snow and hair to wires.

This poem is written in the traditional Shakespearean sonnet form. It has three quatrains and a couplet. The rhyme scheme for the poem is ababcdcdefefgg. The a sound is made of an '-un' rhyme while the b sound is made of an '-ed' rhyme. The sound of c is an '-ite' rhyme and the sound of d is a rhyme of '-eeks.' The e and f sounds are rhymes of '-o' and '-ound' respectively and the g sound...

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