What are three symbols used in Shakespeares' "Sonnet 130"?
The symbols Shakespeare uses in this poem serve to enhance the imagery he creates in describing everything his lady is not. For example, he uses snow as a symbolic standard of a pure, pristine complexion, and his love, whose skin tone is "dun", does not measure up. In a similar manner, Shakespeare uses the sun, roses, and music as symbolic ideals of the radiant eyes, rosy cheeks, and melodious voice that he would expect to find in a classic beauty, and again, his lady is lacking in these areas. Shakespeare uses these symbols to create an image of the traditionally accepted measures of comeliness. In a tone that is playful, tongue-in-cheek, and self-effacing in a way, he makes a comment on the importance of these measures, or perhaps on the foolishness of his own judgement. Although his love is not a beauty, he loves her still.