What makes the line "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" from Sonnet 130 memorable?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

I agree with the first post, but I'm not sure how much it really answers the question. To me, the details that most make the poem memorable (by going against the typical hyperbole about women's beauty) are the one about her hair being like wires and the one about how her breath "reeks."  These are pretty memorable images.

Approved by eNotes Editorial
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

This poem is very funny, because poems usually involve poets using wild similes and metaphors to compare their girls to beautiful things.  Shakespeare does the opposite, and explains that his girl is not pretty.  He still loves her, but he does not put her on a false pedestal.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial