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Sonnet 130

Imagery is description using any of the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, or smell. The imagery in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" pokes fun at or parodies the conventionalized love imagery...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2020, 11:42 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In Shakespeare's “Sonnet 130,” the speaker takes a roundabout approach to describing his beloved. He uses every cliché he can think of but says that his mistress is none of them. Her eyes are...

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Sonnet 130

Shakespeare relies on strong visual imagery to deliver the similes in Sonnet 130. These devices ultimately demonstrate the type of love he shares with his beloved. For the majority of this sonnet,...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2020, 11:34 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The subject matter of the poem is, simply, the speaker's mistress and the speaker's love for her. Most sonnets are written about love, but they often make use of unrealistic comparisons meant to...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017, 11:43 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In this particular line, the speaker is emphasizing his mistress's down-to-earth qualities, as he has been doing right throughout the poem. We already know that her eyes are nothing like the sun;...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020, 10:38 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Shakespeare uses imagery to convey his impressions of his mistress. For example, he says that her eyes do not resemble the sun and that the color of her breasts is "dun." He writes that "black...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2017, 12:53 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

When you state the tone of a piece, it is almost always up for debate, so as long as you choose something that makes sense, and you defend it well, you are usually OK. I would state the the tone is...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2011, 12:32 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The literal meaning of Sonnet 130 is that the speaker loves his mistress even though she is not aesthetically perfect. The speaker catalogs a number of ways in which his mistress falls short...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2016, 6:10 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The speaker begins the sonnet by declaring that the eyes of the woman he loves are "nothing like the sun." He also says that "coral is far more red than her lips' red." Ostensibly it may seem here...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021, 11:29 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Literary devices are techniques used by writers to enhance their work by creating special effects. To achieve this, authors use figures of speech such as metaphors, similes, personification, and...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2017, 9:09 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Snow: The speaker, defying the conventions of traditional love poetry, claims his mistress's skin is not as white as snow. Roses: This may be the most significant symbol. Roses are a staple of...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare compares certain physical features of his beloved with a number of beautiful things drawn from the natural world. On the face of it, each comparison appears far from...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021, 7:41 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The tone of this sonnet is down-to-earth and pragmatic, and rather wry. It paints a picture of the poet’s beloved in realistic terms rather than indulging in the kind of hyperbole that love poets,...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013, 3:42 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Sonnet 130 is one of Shakespeare's well-known sonnets also called My Mistress' Eyes. He popularized the Elizabethan sonnet which has a different emphasis from the original sonnet form which...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2015, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

This line literally means that his mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun. They are not made of the same material. They do not shine as bright; this can be taken metaphorically as well. But this...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The main idea in most of Shakespeare's sonnets is presented by the final two lines, the rhyming couplet. Many sonnets take love as its subject and use hyperbole or metaphors that compare a woman's...

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Sonnet 130

In general, the speaker describes a number of things that are typically thought to be beautiful and then explains that his mistress's qualities are not as conventionally beautiful as these objects....

Latest answer posted August 16, 2020, 12:15 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The figurative language in Sonnet 130 consists of a series of modified and reversed similes, in which the poet emphasizes how unlike his mistress’s attributes are to various tropes of romantic...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020, 3:04 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

By the time that Shakespeare came to write Sonnet 130, the traditional Petrarchan love sonnet was starting to look pretty worn-out. It seemed that poets, even the very best ones, had exhausted all...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020, 11:56 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

When we think of the word mood, we associate it with the emotion produced in a literary text through the choice of words and content. Of course, a mood can change as a text progresses and so often...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Sonnet 130 expresses the speaker's strong feelings that one does not need to exaggerate or make false comparisons about one's lover's beauty in order to flatter them. True love does not require...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Shakespeare's Sonnet CXXX mocks the Elizabethan conventions of poetry that extolled ideal love as well as satirizing the Petrarchan sonnets that compared the object of love to Nature in hyperbolic...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2014, 11:27 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In Spenser's Sonnet 75 and Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, we are presented with a vision of beauty that is transcendent, which rises above the natural world in which we live to become timeless and...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2021, 9:22 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In line 11 and 12 of Shakespeare's sonnet 13, Shakespeare writes: I grant I never saw a goddess go;My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: He is suggesting that his subject of the...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Sonnet 130 doesn't present or discuss a traditional conflict; rather, it satirizes typical romantic poetry of the time, specifically the kind that used hyperbolic language to describe a subject's...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" has often been called something along the lines of a "winsome trifle" designed to be merely funny, which it is, but Shakespeare is also gently satirizing the conventions...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 4:45 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, he is listing the attributes of the woman he loves, but not in a necessarily positive light. He speaks of her looks (her eyes, her lips, etc.) and points out what they...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011, 1:18 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Conventional or traditional poetry is characterized by a regular meter or rhythm, a specific rhyme scheme, and often the same number of lines in stanzas or lines that have the same or similar...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

"Sonnet 130" by William Shakespeare has two themes: love for his mistress and admonition for those who need to compare things that are really incomparable. He gives the false comparisons and then...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2013, 11:03 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

A blazon in literature is a word that normally refers to a lyric poem that focuses on the speaker's beloved and where his or her virtues and beauty are listed one by one. If you want to see another...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011, 6:36 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The speaker spends the whole sonnet making what appear to be rather unflattering comparisons between the beauty of his lover and objects of nature such as coral, snow, and roses. Other poets may...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 5:27 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 is indeed, like his other sonnets, written in iambic pentameter: a regular metrical form in which there are five "feet" (a pair of syllables in which the first is...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2018, 8:30 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

This sonnet is among the most famous because of Shakespeare's mocking of the conventional poetic praises of a mistress's beauty. He uses parody and satire to "describe" his love. Remember that to...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The speaker compares his mistress to objects in nature. But, unlike many poets who compare their mistress as having qualities that equal the beauty he sees in nature, the speaker in this sonnet...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2010, 6:47 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

This is a great sonnet to look at, because in it, Shakespeare deliberately pokes fun at other poets at the time who greatly exaggerated the qualities of the women they wrote about, producing...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011, 4:51 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

I agree with the previous poster and want to add that the conflict in Sonnet 130 can also be viewed in terms of the poet's challenge to well established poetic ideals of female beauty. These older...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009, 3:17 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare attacks the cliched, worn out language of love poetry. He does this by listing all the ways his beloved does not conform to the idealized beauty image of his time. Unlike...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2021, 1:30 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Central to understanding this brilliant sonnet is the way that Shakespeare is actually poking fun at the somewhat hyperbolic and exaggerated descriptions of the idealised female of conventional...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011, 12:40 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

When we think of imagery, we are talking about images that the author or poet creates using words that appeal to our senses to help us imagine them. Therefore, generally speaking, the most...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2011, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

The tone and meaning of William Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 (“My mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun”) are open to interpretation, as is especially the case with almost anything written by...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012, 1:22 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

I'm going to follow amy-lepore's thread here and say the answer is a qualified "yes". The key is in whether the idealized Renaissance beauty and the actual Renaissance beauty are the same women....

Latest answer posted May 26, 2007, 11:27 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Gender is obviously a significant issue in William Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 (“My misstress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”). Gender roles are important to the poem in a number of different ways,...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011, 8:08 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

“Sonnet 130” by William Shakespeare is a part of group of lyric poems that address a lady that is unknown. This poem is an example of a parody of exaggerated love poetry. A parody is defined as an...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2012, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

These are two excellent poems to compare and contrast, and both in a way address the theme of appearance vs. reality. Sonnet 130 is a satirical attack on the fashionable, exaggerated metaphors that...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, the speaker parodies traditional love poetry by naming all of the things his love is not. Traditional love poetry that Shakespeare is lightly ridiculing uses hyperbole...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2010, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, the Petrarchan elements are few since the development of the English sonnet led away from Petrarch's structure and expression of ideas. One Petrarchan element is...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2011, 12:59 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

This is a great question, and it just so happens to be one of Shakespeare's most famous sonnets of all time!In short, the moral of the sonnet (as with most of his sonnets) is summed up in the...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2011, 5:29 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

Iambic pentameter is a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a meter of poetry. An iamb is a foot of unstressed/stressed syllables. Pentameter means there are a 5 feet of...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013, 3:43 pm (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" is a parody of a blazon conceit, a figurative device frequently used by Elizabethan poets. A conceit in general is a witty, fanciful figurative device...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012, 7:14 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 130

"Conflict" is an interesting choice of words—I assume you are referring to the difficulties with which the poet is struggling as he composes this sonnet. Shakespeare is here deliberately utilizing...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018, 11:08 am (UTC)

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