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Sonnet 130: The Meaning Analysis

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GCSE Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Sonnet 130: The Meaning Analysis

On the face of it this poem looks like a love poem, but yet there is so much more hidden in the lines. One can initially analyse this poem by looking at each line to find out the true meaning.

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;

My mistress' eyes look nothing like the sun. This is the opening to the poem and on 1st reading it seems to mean the opposite of what Shakespeare may have intended. However this line sets the tone for the rest of the poem.

Coral is far more red than her lips' red;

Coral is far more red than her lips are red.

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;

If snow is white then her breasts are dull brown

If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

If hairs are wires, then black wires grow on her head

I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,

I have seen roses of pink, red, and white

But no such roses see I in her cheeks;

But

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