Sonnet 130: My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun

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Sonnet 130: My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun (1609) by William Shakespeare is nothing like the average romantic poem. Instead of boasting about his mistress’s beauty and making unrealistic comparisons he Comically appreciates her natural beauty and appearance, without the use of flattering clichés. Some Argue that Shakespeare might have been misogynistic and insulting to women by body shaming is mistress. Is it thus apparent that people may have different interpretations and understanding of sonnets or poems regardless of the environment or period of the reading? Though I believe that this is truly a love poem, in this analysis both interpretations will be represented. Shakespeare is one of the finest and most Respected poets of all time.
He was born in 1564 in Stratford-on-Avon, England and attended Stratford grammar school. “My Mistress eyes are nothing like the sun,” is among over one hundred sonnets written by the great Dramatist. It is fourteen lines in length and is written in a meter called iambic pentameter with an alternating ABAB rhyme scheme. He employs several literary devices in this poem which include: simile, hyperbole, satire, imagery and metaphors to create a lasting mental image of his mistress for the readers. The language used in this sonnet is clever and outside of the norm and might require the reader to take a second look. The first 3 Stanzas are used to distinguish his beloved from all the
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