What are the strong feelings presented in Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare?

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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 such false flattery. Few lips are as red as coral, most skin is not white as snow, not...

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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 such false flattery. Few lips are as red as coral, most skin is not white as snow, not many cheeks are naturally rosy, and most people have stinky breath at some point. Nonetheless, so many love sonnets make comparisons that claim the opposite. This speaker, on the other hand, says that he does not need to draw such "false compar[isons]"; his lover is human, not ugly, but humanly imperfect and not like a goddess. Not only does he love her and her humanity, but he insists that his love is "rare" because he does not have to flatter his mistress to express his deep and abiding love.

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Sonnet 130 displays strong feelings of love, despite the mistress’s lack of physical beauty.

In this sonnet, Shakespeare makes fun of all the exaggerations young men make in comparing their girlfriends to all kinds of natural wonders, such as when Romeo compares Juliet to the sun.  Shakespeare takes the opposite approach here, explaining why his girl is not remarkably beautiful.

I love to hear her speak, yet well I know

That music hath a far more pleasing sound;

This makes the poem all the more romantic, because even though he cannot sing the praises of his girl’s beauty, he still loves her.  S.he is beautiful to him, in other words, and that is all that matter

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