Shakespeare has wonderfully parodied standard comparisons. Tone The tone of Sonnet 130 is definitely sarcastic. A poet could praise a woman for having skin as white as snow. This creates the effect of an expanding and developing argument, and neatly prevents the poem—which does, after all, rely on a single kind of joke for its first twelve lines—from becoming stagnant. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
GradeSaver, 19 October 2005 Web. In his final years, Shakespeare turned to the romantic with Cymbeline, A Winter's Tale, and The Tempest. Why is he saying it? Rejecting all false comparisons, Shakespeare pays his mistress, the ultimate compliment, his love for her is greater and rarer than, the love for a goddess like idealized beauty. Sonnets are structured poems that dictate the length, style and even content of the poem. Quatrain 2 begins with a personal pronoun, which brings in a more personal approach. I love to hear her speak; yet I know perfectly well that music has a far more pleasant sound.
Do we think that by merely rejecting such hyperbole, Shakespeare is doing down his mistress? In the first two lines, we hear only that the woman isn't like these other things the sun, coral. There are many ways to interpret how the poet's psychological state may have influenced stylistic choices in his writing, but these sonnets do not provide definitive proof. The anapest is sometimes substituted for the iambus. O'Donnell is a dual-certified educator with experience writing curriculum and teaching grades preK through 12. In pointing out that his mistress' eyes are not more beautiful than the sun, that her hair is not made of gold threads, that her cheeks are not as red as roses and that her breath is not finer than perfume, he was able to make the argument that he loves her just the same for who she is and not for an unrealistic idealized notion of beauty. That line in particular seems almost openly satirizing the tradition itself, as it is well known that many Elizabethan poets would compare their lovers to things that mortals could not achieve, leaving the realm of human to enter the pantheon of the gods.
Little is known about Shakespeare's activities between 1585 and 1592. These ideas are developed throughout the poems quatrains and couplet through techniques. He goes so far as to condemn the smell of her, and the sound of her voice. He loves her for what the reality is, and not because he can compare her to beautiful things. But mark to Heaven mine love's industry,. It is still unknown who many of the figures in his sonnets are, or whether or not Shakespeare authored his own works or merely signed his name on completed plays, and convincing arguments exist on both sides. Shakespeare is writing an accurate realistic comparative description of his mistress.
Together they raised two daughters: Susanna, who was born in 1583, and Judith whose twin brother died in boyhood , born in 1585. She is simply not the perfect, unattainable image we see in other sonnets. Due to the plague, the London theaters were often closed between June 1592 and April 1594. Only eighteen of Shakespeare's plays were published separately in quarto editions during his lifetime; a complete collection of his works did not appear until the publication of the First Folio in 1623, several years after his death. In fact, some coral is white. Most sonnets, including others written by Shakespeare, praised women and practically deified them. This idea of natural imagery is used throughout the poem as it was seen as conventional beauty in the Elizabethan times.
Shakespearean Sonnet There are lots of different ways to write a sonnet, which is basically a kind of short poem. Other scholars have attempted to push forward the idea that the poem is ultimately a romantic one in nature. A favorite among Shakespeare's sonnets simply because it is so different, so humorous, so unselfconscious. The difference between the Fair Youth and the Dark Lady sonnets is not merely in address, but also in tone: while the Fair Youth sequence use mostly romantic and tender words, the Dark Lady sonnets are characterized by their overt references to sex and bawdiness. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. Literary Devices Shakespeare uses metaphor, or a figure of speech that makes a point through comparison, all throughout his sonnet. This Stereotypical comparison is carried on through the metaphors in lines 3 and 4.
I found this an interesting insight on this sonnet! It is indeed this blunt but charming sincerity that has made sonnet 130 one of the most famous in the sequence. Line 4 If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. Here's the one from the end of this poem:And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare G As any she belied with false compare. Most sonnet sequences in Elizabethan England were modeled after that of Petrarch. Instead of comparing his love to something she is, he is comparing his love to something she is not: his love is not like the sun; her lips are not even as orange as coral; her cheeks are not like a rose.
Shakespeare wrote more than thirty plays. In 1599 Shakespeare joined a group of Chamberlain's Men that would form a syndicate to build and operate a new playhouse: the Globe, which became the most famous theater of its time. Poets describe their mistresses' hair as gold wires, but my mistress has black wires growing on her head. Similar to the airbrushed model pictures we see in magazines today, no real woman could live up to the unreachable standard of having perfectly red lips, pink cheeks, silky hair, fragrant breath, and more. He produced most of his work in a 23-year-period. The poetic speaker, rather than elevate her, brings her further down to earth. My opinion is we will never be able to really know what went through any writers head.
This is the last important thing to know about the form of a Shakespearean sonnet: the poem always ends with two rhyming lines, one right after the other. Is this poem a touching paean to inner beauty opposed to superficiality or is it misogynist trash? Coral is much redder than the red of her lips. Imagery is a poetic device that employs the five senses to create an image in the mind of the reader. And yet, by heaven, I think my beloved is as special as any woman whom poets have lied about with false comparisons. By contrast, poets who compare their lovers to nature are not really describing them as they are, but idealizing them — and therefore, the poet seems to hint, they cannot love their beloved as much as he loves his mistress. His love most certainly isn't as ill-created as he presents in Sonnet 130, but she is a regular woman.