Mama’s your relationship with your spouse is equally as important even more so than anyone else or family. A lot of couples lovely spiced up routine takes a turn after kids and falls off the bandwagon. Here is my comparison of how love and societies beauty standards vs Shakesphere sonnet is. & your thinking how does this all relate to my spouse or relationship? Or even kids? Hmm, I’ll let you answer that one! Comment down below to actually tell me what you think and why I chose to write about this specific topic and how this all ties together with my spouse topic.
My Mistresses Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare is a sonnet that does not use traditional figurative language, but rather uses the similes and metaphors in an ironic way to mock the comparisons with lovers to unrealistic objects because Shakespeare wanted to show that society puts a stamp on what beauty is physically and falsely compares with it instead of seeing the lovers character. Shakespeare use of irony seems a bit odd at first, because it is written in a parodical form. During Shakespeare’s time there was a lot of seriousness in stories and themes and stuck to love stories as just love stories itself and didn’t add any comedy like there is nowadays. Shakespeare’s way of portraying this parody was an innovation in how traditional figurative way of writing sonnets were during his time. Shakespeare wants to prove his love is real and therefore tells the audience all of the things that are bizarre sounding but true because his love is “rare”.
Shakespeare elevates his lovers imperfections and comically illuminates them. This is shown when the writer mentions his lovers eyes not being as bright or gleaming as the sun or “nothing like sun” (stanza 1, line 1), this was Shakespeare’s way of using simile. Ironically comparing the mistress’s eyes may seem harsh sounding enough at the beginning, but as the poem progresses the ironies transition to something harsher. Shakespeare mentions his mistress’s breasts were “dun” (stanza 1, line 3), meaning gray and weren’t “as white as snow” (stanza 1, line 3). The writer says this because breasts are attractive physical feature but lovers character and love itself is more important. There is also a paradox to this poem where Shakespeare says “Coral is far more red than her lips’ red” (stanza 1, line 2) this statement sounds like to be a contradiction to itself, because coral is already red and if her lips were red then coral can not be red as her lips; he is insulting the color to her lips which was already the color before. Not only was there simile and paradox but there is also a vast amount of imagery put into this poem where the writer adds a lot of description to what he’s comparing his mistress to. The writer also mentions his lover’s checks far less red than roses (stanza 1, line 5), her hair not being golden as gold wire but black and frizzy (stanza 1, line 4), her voice not as pleasant as music but still bearable (stanza 1, line 9), her walk just normal nothing Goddess like about her walk (stanza 1, line 12), these are the few examples of imagery also followed by simile intertwined with metaphors. There is also reason as to why Shakespeare had written so many comparisons instead of writing a few, it is because he wanted to show the irony of all the ways using senses of sight, smell and touch. There also seems to be a rhyme scheme within the poem and a pattern of they way the stanzas were portrayed if read enough carefully there can be a hint at the end. After reading the parodical sonnet a reader may be confused and question the poem of why a lover chose to write negatively about his mistress. Shakespeare sums up his ironies by adding the main ironic line “And by heaven, I think my love as rare” (stanza 2, line 1), he puts it in this way to show the reader of how innocent and truthful his love is because he did not lie about his subject of affections features and compare them to unrealistic things. The way he portrayed this line (stanza 2, line 1-2) at the end and separated this stanza on its own shows that this is a new thought, and a conclusion to the poem. The conclusion Shakespeare wanted to show at the stanza on it own was real emotions about his lover and he loved the way they were and their genuine features regardless, therefore his love is rare and so innocent its accepted by heaven.
Shakespeare is actually stating his true emotions in this poem. He knows his mistress is perfect the way they are and he shouldn’t use caparisons that aren’t true to make his love a lie and put guilt in him. The writer feels that lying about what his lover is not is in a way poisoning the innocence of their love. Shakespeare wants to portray pure love and that is just stating lovers features the way they are and embracing them. The writer uses negative similes on purpose, because many lovers during Shakespeare’s time and now use unrealistic compliments to compare their mistress to things they may not have been. The use of the opposite similes rather than traditional sounding ones gave the poem a more sincere and innocent approach to it. Shakespeare wanted to show all audience that love can be showed in many different ways and not just the traditional complimenting and comparing to objects of nature. As Shakespeare ends his sonnet the last line he uses is “As any she belied with false compare” (stanza 2, line 2) because he wanted to show that the use of his similes was used probably quite often with a lot of lovers and it was taken as a common thing to do in a sonnet. The writer felt lovers deserved to be loved for who they were regardless of what their physical features were.
In conclusion though this sonnet did not use the normal compliments with figurative language pertaining to the mistress but rather harsh ironies to show that his love was true in the most ironic way. Shakespeare’s use of simile and metaphor was a taboo breaker to normal love poems per say. In addition he also showed the audience that love was not about giving false compliments that did nothing but add lies to the innocent relationship, he also showed the reader that it was about loving what you have as a whole and accepting those imperfections just as the writer himself did. In a way Shakespeare was also inferring beauty is perishable where the lover itself is more treasurable. The writer thought love itself was the greatest thing and this was the most important thing sonnets were missing. Shakespeare’s innovative way of portraying the sonnet using paradox and irony was a breakthrough to the way society thought, and an enlightenment to literature. The true purpose of literature, which was to purely express the style of writing on its own way instead of following the trends of one another and following society like the lovers of society followed the cliche and images of beauty.
Ok now that your at the end, your probably wondering, hmm what’s the point? If you still don’t get it I wanted to portray the things we fail to often do, is to compliment or say good things after having kids to our spouse or sometimes even before. Ladies and especially gentlemen, everyday is a good day to keep going out of your way to impress your spouses with words of encouragement. This is the key to having a fulfilling relationship not even Shakespeare can write about!
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