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"Sonnet 130: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun," by William Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare

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My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
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.

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:39AM) : Why compare? more

Why is the mistress being compared to all these different things? Why is she being put up to all these expectations? It seems like it’s very hard for the speaker to understand that all people are different and they shouldn’t be compared.

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:16AM) : Questionable insult? more

Is this really an insult because it’s hard for me to tell if this can really be considered an insult? There are tons of people who don’t have lips as red as coral. This just seems like the speaker was just putting this line out in the open for the reader to analyze and decide on what it means on their own

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:26AM) : Readers opinion more

This poem has two things that make this poem confusing. The first is that some lines are obvious, straightforward and clear negative lines. But the second thing is the fact that some of the lines are left up for the reader to guess what it is. For example, the color of the mistress’s hair…is it really that bad if the mistress has grayish-brown hair. Some people actually like others with that type of hair color.

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:54AM) : stereotype more

The speaker tends to judge the mistress by compliments. For example, “your eyes shine brighter than the sun”. but the speaker says that the eyes of the mistress are nothing like the sun

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:04AM) : in a relationship? more

are the mistress and the speaker dating or in a relationship at all because so far it seems like the speaker only knows negative things about the mistress

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:33AM) : Is the mistress aware? more

Does the mistress understand that she has all these things that are wrong with her because it seems like she’s blinded by something and can’t really notice all of these imperfections. Also does the speaker ever tell the mistress all of these problems.

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:00AM) : insult for the mistress more

why is the speaker mostly focusing on the negative things about the mistress. Does the speaker even like the mistress or is the speaker just using the mistress

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And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

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TYLER VIVAS (Apr 08 2019 11:10AM) : still in love? more

I personally feel like the speaker is really in love with the mistress and i only say that because anyone that can look at a person, analyze anything that’s wrong with them and still loves them for who they are. Then they must really be in love.

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Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Volume One Seventh Edition (2000)

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