Sonnet 130 Figurative Language

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Attitude. An individual's perspective or opinion on a particular thing or on a person. In William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130, attitude is portrayed by a sense of love like jovial and ambivalent, and through many different poetic techniques such as juxtaposition and metaphors.

Sonnet 18 portrays love in a jovial attitude, expressing his lover as more beautiful than nature could ever be as stated in 'Thou art more lovely and more temperate'. This quote mentions that his lover is most definitely far prettier than nature itself. Another point is that in first line, a metaphor within a rhetorical question is used to compare 'Thee' to a summer's day, which represents his absoluteness and knowledge that he knows for sure that his lover is far more greater than a Summer's day will ever be. This proves that jovial attitude is indeed expressed in Sonnet 18.
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'Coral is far more red than her lips' red' suggests that her lips aren't as red as what coral is. But, in the rhyming couplet, the words used aren't as negative and more on the positive side as he reveals that although his mistress isn't as beautiful as the objects mentioned, he still loves her for her flaws and who she is. This indicates the ambivalence in the sonnet as the mood changed from a pessimistic approach to a more optimistic approach to love.

Comparing Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130, there are many apparent differences involved in each text. Sonnet 18 compares his lover as prettier than nature while Sonnet 130 compares his lover as less beautiful than the objects stated in the poem. Sonnet 18 invokes a happier vibe while Sonnet 130 invokes as more negative vibe, though it becomes light-hearted in the end through the rhyming

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