Here though, the mistress's hair is compared to black wires sticking out of the top of her head. Do we think that by merely rejecting such hyperbole, Shakespeare is doing down his mistress? It is indeed this blunt but charming sincerity that has made sonnet 130 one of the most famous in the sequence. Most strikingly unlike the Italian sonnet, the English sonnet ends with a rhyming two-line couplet. Instead, Shakespeare satirizes the tradition of comparing one's beloved to the beauties of the sun. Shakespeare also makes use of hyperbole, or a figure of speech that makes a point through exaggeration.
This sonnet by Shakespeare is describing the love that he has for his mistress. Sometimes the first two quatrains are devoted to the same thought, followed by the final being the resolution to the poem. In these fourteen lines Shakespeare beings to describe the beauty of his mistress and shows how she is still yet a human being with flaws. Here the allure is not of love but of lust, and the narrator is torn between his hunger for the woman and his disgust at the sinfulness of carnal desire. In 1599 Shakespeare joined a group of Chamberlain's Men that would form a syndicate to build and operate a new playhouse: the Globe, which became the most famous theater of its time.
The Petrarchan or Italian sonnet, named after the fourteenth century Italian poet Petrarch. Lesson Summary It is refreshing to read Sonnet 130 because it avoids the unrealistic, syrupy sentiments that may be found in many other sonnets. My opinion is we will never be able to really know what went through any writers head. As stated above, Shakespeare does not compare his love to Venus and does not use grandiose metaphors to praise his love. I admit I never saw a goddess walk; when my mistress walks, she treads on the ground.
This is a realistic look at his mistress, not a usual love-stuck reflection in a poem of one's love. What person wouldnt be happy about being around their friends? GradeSaver, 19 October 2005 Web. The face and features of Shakespeare as 'imaged' in that portrait are those with which his readers are probably most familiar. The Dark Lady, who is featured in this poem, is also featured in sonnets 127-154, but this time there is a twist. I love to hear her speak; yet I know perfectly well that music has a far more pleasant sound. Summary Sonnet 130 is a parody of the Dark Lady, who falls too obviously short of fashionable beauty to be extolled in print.
This creates the effect of an expanding and developing argument, and neatly prevents the poem—which does, after all, rely on a single kind of joke for its first twelve lines—from becoming stagnant. O'Donnell is a dual-certified educator with experience writing curriculum and teaching grades preK through 12. Instead of comparing his love to something she is, he is comparing his love to something she is not: his love is not like the sun; her lips are not even as orange as coral; her cheeks are not like a rose. If a man responds to this question by picking specific attributes of a woman, such as her face or figure, she will usually be dissatisfied with his answer. Some are more melancholy than others, but no sonnet seems insulting - except this one! Shakespeare is known for crafting some of the most intricately beautiful poems in the English language.
I felt the poem possessed a very ironic tone. The sonnets are traditionally divided into two major groups: the fair lord sonnets 1-126 and the dark lady sonnets 127-154. The title of the poem, Oh No makes it seem like this final destination is not happy place. Possibly it satisfies more fully the popular ideal of the likeness of a great creative poet than does the bust or print just referred to. The tone of this poem is one of realism and contentment.
Sonnets are structured poems that dictate the length, style and even content of the poem. In writing this poem, he was gently poking fun at the conventional romantic poems that were being written by other poets. Instead, Shakespeare satirizes the tradition of comparing one's beloved to the beauties of the sun. He realizes the imperfections in humans. In this sonnet, Shakespeare draws on sight, sound and smell when he compares his mistress' eyes to the sun, her lips to red coral, her breasts to white snow, her hair to black wires, her cheeks to red and white roses, her breath to perfume and her voice to music. I'm not sure if it's willingly though. Each line possessing ten syllables and the meter of the sonnet is Iambic pentameter.
Structure Sonnet 130, as its name implies, is a sonnet. These negative comparisons may sound almost unloving, however, Shakespeare proves that the mistress outdistances any goddess. At first, Shakespeare sounds critical of his mistress, but in the last two lines of the poem, he talks about how he genuinely loves her. I grant I never saw a goddess go; I've never seen a goddess walk; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: But I know that my mistress walks only on the ground. In line 3 he compares her breasts with snow and says that they are dun. Despite conservative objections to the poem's glorification of sensuality, it was immensely popular and was reprinted six times during the nine years following its publication.
This practice is not unique to our culture nor is it unique to our era. This poem can be taken the wrong way at first, but with a closer look at purpose, form, and content, the meaning of this poem becomes much clearer. Sonnet 130 'My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun' The sun is bright and warm; her eyes are cold and dull! Robert Greene's A Groatsworth of Wit alludes to him as an actor and playwright. Shakespeare wrote more than thirty plays. Sonnet 130 suggests that his mistress' hair is made of black wire, her breath reeks, her breasts are grayish brown and her voice is grating.
The first quatrain sets the tone of the poem. Although these poem venture through different techniques to appear individually different from the classic sonnet, the theme of love makes the poems analogous. Sonnet 130, while similar to other Shakespearean sonnets in the use of poetic devices and techniques, stands apart from most of his other sonnets for its mocking voice and use of satire. It doesn't make sense to compare women to images they can't possibly live up to. Its message is simple: the dark lady's beauty cannot be compared to the beauty of a goddess or to that found in nature, for she is but a mortal human being.