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Sonnet 130: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun

William Shakespeare

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Added by: Alice Smith
Shakespeare expresses his feelings for his wife in a very awkward way. BUT at the end he still mentions how out of the ordinary she is and thats why she is his!
Added by: KC
A very interesting sonnet with a funny twist!!! When william shakespeare is describing his 'mistress'' does he mean wife or an unmarried lady he is involved with?CONFUSING, EH?
"My Mistress..."
Added by: Christopher
Shakespeare is making no attempt to be dubious in this poem. It is extremely straight forward and honest. There is no greater meaning than that though his love has flaws, she is still his love.
Added by: anonymous
Just wish to identify for those who may have not that the poetic device which Shakespeare appears to be mocking is known as 'Petrarchan conceit' - a device that stems FROM the 14th century Italian poet Francesco Petrarch. The idea of Petrarchan conceit is in this case the use of elaborate comparisons and similes when describing. For all of the lines in Sonnet 130, one can very easily find its opposite in pre-Shakespearean literature. For example Thomas Wyatt writes "Avising the bright berams of these fair eyes" of his lover...search yourselves...I could go on quoting....
The form of Shakespeare's Sonnet
Added by: anonymous
Ridicule is a central element in sonnet 130. Like Ovid, Shakespeare presses in on the lesson that love is absurd in many ways, physical, and formal. Love is at central focus, here, as in all CONCIETS (see A Handbook To Literature) but it is looked through ridicule-tinged glasses, as love should be.

Be able to humble your pride and see that you are rediculess, a buffoon, especially in love.
Anti-Petrarchan Sonnets
Added by: Calouste Gulbenkian IV
This is my favorite sonnet because it flies against the Petrarchan sicky sweet hyperbole of comparisons of one's love to all sorts of high flown things. This is down to earth, grounded, the man simply loves the gal. It's the poetic equivalent of Billy Joel's I Love You Just the Way You Are.
Added by: anonymous II
Though Shakespeare mock the petrarchan conceit, I feel that he would like to praise the beauty of his beloved in someway. He wrote that she did not have those ideal beauty yet he sounded as though her beauty was what attracted to him. Or I just feel it myself?
Added by: corinzia
... the most non-conformist of all the love poems never written before
Added by: eccles
His love for his mistress is a real love, a true love. She's human, she has flaws. She's not the most physically appealing woman -- at least, not to the majority of people. She is normal. And I believe THAT is why he loves her. Because she is human and normal, she becomes beautiful in his eyes... perhaps even more beautiful than someone who did/does have all of these attributes...
Added by: Lance
I like the way Shakespeare expresses his feelings for his wife, and in so many ways. He really loved her the way she was.

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