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Sonnet 130 or My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun seems to have a lot to do with friendship Shakespeare could not have said such things like Coral is far more red than her lips red There must have been a very deep and understanding relationship between these two people If Shakespeare and this woman were just lovers Shakespeare probably would not have written such an honest poemThis woman he refers to might very well have been a friend of his mothers or an older lady My mistress when she walks treads on the ground Damrosch et al 1177 This could mean that she is very old and does not have the ability to walk properly This also could lead to the conclusion that since this woman is old she cannot put on any make-up or fix her hair anymore This would explain lines four to eight If hairs be wires black wires grow on her head I have seen roses damasked red and white but no such roses I see in her cheeks And in some perfumes is there more delight than in the breath that from my mistress reeks Damrosch et al 1177 This woman may be losing her hair That would account for the black wires The elderly do not usually have any colour in their face This could be why Shakespeare said he saw no colour in her cheeks When Shakespeare was alive there were no toothbrushes The older a person got the more their teeth decayed This must explain why his mistress had bad breath Through the brutal honesty of this sonnet people can see that Shakespeare loved this woman The couplet illustrates this opinion And yet by heaven I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare Damrosch et al 1178 Shakespeare is telling the readers that no matter what his mistress looks like or how old she grows he
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