In Shakespeare’s sonnet 130, the speaker ponders the beauty, or the lack thereof, of his lover. Throughout the sonnet, the speaker presents his lover as an unattractive mistress with displeasing features, but in fact, the speaker is ridiculing, through the use of vivid imagery, the conventions of love poems and the way woman are portrayed through the use of false comparisons. In the end, the speaker argues that his mistress may not be perfect, but in his eyes, her beauty is equal to any woman who is abundantly admired and put through the untrue comparison. The speaker paints a picture of his lovers’ uninspiring beauty. In the first quatrain by describing his, “mistress’ eyes” (Shakespeare 1) as they, “are nothing like the sun” (Shakespeare
The Presentation of Women in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and Griffin’s Sonnet 39 What attitude do their presentations of women reflect? Discuss in detail how the poets’ choice & use of language influences your reading of poems. It is evident in both Griffin’s poem and Shakespeare’s poem that their love for their beloved is matchless; however the presentations and the personal interpretations of the two poets give a totally different message to its readers. It is often in Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 that we realize he ridicules his mistress and praises her in a way that misleads its readers to believe that Shakespeare doesn’t love her. Whereas, in Griffin’s Sonnet 39, he puts his lady as the central motive of the poem and this is obvious as almost every line in his poem begins with the word “her.” Without a doubt, the first line in both poems portrays a direct contrast from each other.
Their difference in gender may reflect in the poem, and in two drastically different ways. Poe describes her as compassionate and holy because of her beauty whereas H.D. accuses her of being evil and abhorrent through her acts. Through figurative language, both poets use a different tone in their poems to depict Helen which results in considerably different points of view. Imagery would obviously be a vital part to a poem that is centered on a woman’s beauty.
They both also tell a story. The differences in the poems are that 'To His Coy Mistress' is arguing why they should get on with life, and Carpe diem whereas 'Sonnet 138' is telling us about how he doesn't trust her, yet he loves her. They use different styles, because Shakespeare uses alternate rhyming lines whereas 'To His Coy Mistress' uses couplets most of the time. They also present different ideas. The first ('To his Coy Mistress') gives the impression that women are shy and need encouragement whereas 'Sonnet 138' shows that they lie and trick men.
Alexander Pope, the author of The Rape of the Lock, writes this poem of a woman, Belinda, who he criticizes upon his heroic-comical ways. Throughout this epic poem Pope judges this young lady, Belinda, for her looks, her thoughts, and her beliefs. Pope creates an image of what he believes is true about women through the way Belinda dresses, how she acts, and how she thinks. He uses irony to mock this woman and to assure that his thoughts are not only about Belinda herself but in all the women in general. Alexander Pope treats women as disorganized, hypocritical, all about beauty, and unintelligent and unfocused in his mock-epic poem, The Rape of the Lock.
Love in William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Romeo and Juliet First, let’s define “cynical”. According to the Webster’s dictionary of the English language, “cynical” means distrusting or disparaging the motives of others. It is for certain that both the sonnets and Romeo and Juliet have negative views on romantic love. Shakespeare questions and doubts about the love of Romeo and Juliet, or rather, criticize and mock their hasty death. On the other hand, in the sonnets, Shakespeare also questions about whether romantic love as lasting as it seems.
William Blake's The Sick Rose "The sick rose" is a very ambiguous poem and open to several interpretations, Blake uses lots of imagery and effective metaphors. My first impression of the poem was that it?s very negative and includes elements of destruction revenge and perhaps even murder. I think the poems about two lovers, one of which cheated on their partner and the other wants revenge. The poem is very contradictory, this is shown in the first line 'O Rose, thou art sick.' A rose usually symbolises beauty, romance and love, it?s a very feminine image but then it is said to be sick so we instantly sense something is wrong.
The poem is cast as an invective by a male speaker who generalizes about women and refers to them as “they.” This set of faults shapes the stereotype of “woman” that Bogan herself referred to irritably in several of her essays. The speaker’s harsh tone reduces toward pity, for women’s habits of using their own compassion against themselves, but he does not speculate on the causes of the many flaws in women. She inherited the Victorian and Romantic opinion that used the absurdities of emotion and intellect to woman and man, and then elevated those similar suggestions to the position of natural law. In her poems, however, Bogan’s insight of stereotypes of gender illustrates a more complex vision. Bogan’s poem “Epitaph for a Romantic Woman,” for example, mocks the sentimental ideal of the detached woman.
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.
His insufficiency is more surprising because elsewhere in the play Iago appears as a master rhetorician, but as Bloch explains, ‘the misogynistic writer uses rhetoric as a means of renouncing it, and, by extension, woman.’ (163) Even the noble general yielded to the sexist remarks and insinuations of his ancient, thus developing a reprehensible attitude toward his lovely and faithful wife. Angela Pitt in “Women in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” comments on the Moor’s sexist treatment of Desdemona: Desdemona has, therefore, some quite serious faults as a wife, including a will of her own, which was evident even before she was married. This does not mean that she merits the terrible accusations flung at her by Othello, nor does she in any way deserve her death, but she is partly responsible for the tragic action of the play. Othello’s behavior and mounting jealousy are made more comprehensible if we remember what Elizabethan husbands might expect of their wives. (45) In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his hatred for the general Othello for his selection... ... middle of paper ... ...reason to the same extent, or even greater than, men; and that men are passion-driven moreso than are women.