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

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Sonnet 130

Sonnet 130 is a poem written in a Shakespearianform and being a sonnet is about his love for another woman, however William Shakespeare satirises the convention of a traditional love poem. He describes his loved one in a surprising way, informing that she is not the possessor of good looks or godly features that idealise a loved one but describes his loved one as a simple woman who is a flesh and blood mortal, i grant i never saw a goddess go. Sonnet 130 praises her beauty in real terms in the way he  exposes these exaggerated clichés as empty praise that suggest a kind of realism that have a deeper moral value to them. 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.

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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) are not as white as snow but are dun.Shakespeare describes the contrast of red and white on a rose as damasked, I have ...

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