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Sonnet 130

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Introduction

Sonnet 130 Who is the speaker of the poem? The speaker of the poem could either be William Shakespeare or a love struck man whom Shakespeare is assuming the position of. What is he like? The persona in the poem uses a lot of negative comments to portray what he thinks about his wife. For example he says that "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun", which tells us that he does not like the colour of his mistress' eyes. Also by saying all this negative comments about his wife we can see that he does not care if his mistress finds. What is his attitude and his likes and dislikes? His attitude is mainly negative throughout the poem until the end where he praises the love that he and his mistress share. He dislikes the fact that his mistress' eyes are not like the sun, the way coral is redder that her lips, why her breasts ...read more.

Middle

For instance instead of saying "her lips are far more red than coral" the persona has said "Coral is far more red than her lips' red." Are there any relationships or mention of love? The only relationship that is evident in the poem is the relationship between the persona and his mistress. There is a strong love shared between the mistress and the persona. We can see this from the fact that the persona seems to sound fussy. What is the satire of the poem? The satire of the poem is that looks do not matter as is shown by the persona saying that it does not matter if his mistress does not look good. What is the use of the sonnet form? A sonnet nearly always has clich�s and that is a key feature of this poem. Each line has been used by the persona as a clich� or a build up to a clich�. ...read more.

Conclusion

The negative impression is created by the negative clich�s that have been placed in the first part of the poem. What is the effect of the rhyme scheme? The rhyme scheme in the first section is A,BA,B,C,D,C,D,E,F,E,F and in the second section is G,G. the effect of the change in the rhyme scheme shows us how that there is a change in the sections. It also changes the pace of the poem by placing the rhyming couplets closer. What are the possible meanings of the final couplets? The persona tells us that he is happy with what he shares with his mistress. He feels that even though she does not have the looks that he wants he still loves her. What is your response to the speaker of the poem? The speaker of the poem has made his feelings about his mistress public. However it would be very bad if it became known to his mistress that he had made the statements in public about her. This tells us that the speaker of the poem is brave. ...read more.

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