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Not Your Typical Love Sonnet Looking at Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare superficially it appears to be no different than any of his other works It follows the same rhyme scheme and patterns that are characteristic of any classic Shakespearian sonnet It is a lyric poem with very formal sounding poetic diction arranged in a single stanza and composed of fourteen lines patterned in three English quatrains with a heroic couplet at the end The lines are all ten syllables end-stopped in an ababcdcdefefgg rhyme scheme It is when you read this poem and see how he chooses to express his feelings for the woman that he loves that it becomes evident that it varies greatly from any typical love sonnet one might expect to read This poem seems to be speaking not to any one particular person but to more of a general audience In it the narrator begins to describe his mistress whom the reader would naturally assume he held some type of deep feelings for But rather than using conventional imagery to enhance the visual auditory and olfactory images of his mistress features Shakespeare does just the opposite He begins the poem with the line My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun where one would normally expect the line to be more to the effect of My mistress eyes burn like the sun or contain the beauty of a sunset or something along those lines He continues to use this type of almost reverse simile hyperbole and allusion throughout the rest of the poem to describe what the woman with whom he is so in love with is lacking in physical splendor It is hard to tell exactly what effect Shakespeare as the narrator of this poem sought to convey to the reader about his mistress At first when I read this poem it seemed that Shakespeare is satirizing other love poems including many of his own that employ imagery
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