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In "Sonnet 130," what are some examples of imagery?

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shaleeka | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 30, 2008 at 3:11 AM via web

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In "Sonnet 130," what are some examples of imagery?

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 30, 2008 at 3:43 AM (Answer #1)

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The main image is the description of his "mistress".   In the first quatrain, Shakespeare's imagery allows the reader to get an idea of what his mistress looks like.

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;

Coral is far more red that her lips' red;

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;

If hair be wires, balck wires grow on her head.

The woman is obviously not beautiful.  Her eyes do not shine, her lips are not a brilliant red, her skin is dull in comparison to pure white snow, and her hair is coarse.  Other images include the smell of her breath (not pleasant) and the non-musical quality of her voice.  However, in spite of these "flaws", he still finds her to be more loveable than any other.



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