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  1. Sonnet 130 analysis - William Shakespeare satirises the convention of a traditional love poem

    Overall, appearance does not matter where true love is concerned. We normally expect poets to praise the woman they love by comparing them with natures most beautiful things. However, in this sonnet Shakespeare is frank and honest. The sonnet presents us with a number of cliché inversions. Shakespeare opens the poem with a bold statement about the eyes of his mistress and how they are ‘nothing like the sun.’ And continues this way to present her attractions honestly following a typical Blazon style. Her lips are red but ‘Coral is far more red than her lips.’ Her breasts (a feature if a woman body that would show immense beauty during Shakespeare period)

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