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2 ) The first three quatrains or line 1-12 of William Shakespeare’s Poem My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun can easy be seen as an insulting and negative tone “ If snow be white. why so her chests are dun” “Than in the breath of my kept woman reeks” . But in truth the tone of the verse form is humoristic. realistic and philosophical. and as the verse form progresses the true tone besides progresses because although her lips aren’t coral ruddy. her chests non white as snow her hair non shiny he still loves her as she is and he doesn’t do her into something that she is non. “ And yet. by Eden. I think my love every bit rare As any she belied with false compare” The verse form can besides be seen as a sarcasm to the conventional poets of the clip and their unrealistic image of true beauty. and shows it to be predictable and a cliche 3 ) At first glimpse it might look as if he is mocking her. But he is really derisive and sabotaging the Petrarchan sonnets and metaphors of the clip
The poet does non render a false image of his kept woman. he compares her with the most beautiful objects in nature in the first two quatrains “ My mistress’s eyes are nil like the Sun. Coral is far more ruddy than her lips red. If snow be white so her chests are dun” this states the poet will non congratulate her on a quality she does non hold but he is still in love with her “And yet. by Eden. I think my love as rare. As any she belied with false compare” 4 ) My Mistress’ Eyess are Nothing Like the Sun is non a classical Petrarchan sonnet.
The poet will instead notice on the physical attributes his lover lacks in line 1-12 “ My mistress’s eyes are nil like the Sun ; Coral is far more ruddy than her lips red ; If snow be white. why so her chests are dun” And province that he still loves her the manner she is. than to portray his love for his kept woman in an unrealistic. romanticized manner that is a cliche “And yet. by Eden. I think my love as rare. As any she belied with false compare” Shakespeare’s usage of the unrealistic comparings made by his fellow poets gives the sonnet a humoristic turn. 5 ) The poet uses simile in line 1” My mistress’s eyes are nil like the sun” which he uses to compare his lovers eyes to the brightness of the Sun A metaphor uses the word ”like” . In line 2-4 the poet uses Petrarchen amour propre metaphor. The poet compares his kept woman to nature and the beauty it holds. The poet besides uses a metaphor in line 6. where he compares her pale cheeks to roses.
The poet uses personification in line 4 “ If hairs be wires. black wires grow on her head” . He speaks of the wires like they are an object on their ain and non portion of his lover. 6 ) Yes. even in today’s society adult females are expected to be about unrealistically beautiful. and run into the criterions set by society and the media. Womans everyplace are made to belief that all other adult females have perfect hair. nails and skin every twenty-four hours. when the world is that no adult females will look flawless as the magazines and telecasting portray without the aid of makeup. a hairdresser and in some instances photo store or even fictile surgery.
Womans are pressured to populate up to the outlook of large bright eyes. full ruddy lips. flawless tegument. soft and glistening hair. “ My mistress’s eyes are nil like the Sun ; Coral is far more ruddy than her lips’ ruddy ; If now be white. why so her chests are dun ; If hairs be wires. black wires grow on her head” . 7 ) The pair at the terminal of the poem line 13-14 “ And yet. by Eden. I think my love every bit rare As any she belied with false comparison. ” shifts the tone from humoristic to loving and compassionate. The pair shows us that even with all her defects he still loves her unconditionally. and will non alter her into anything she isn’t.
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