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In Elizabethan Age the sonnets had advanced into a form with new metric and rhyme scheme that was departing from Petrarchan sonnets Yet Elizabethan sonnets still carried the tradition of Petrarchan conceit Petrarchan conceit was a figure used in love poems consisting detailed yet exaggerated comparisons to the lovers mistress that often emphasized the use of blazon The application of blazon would emphasize more on the metaphorical perfection of the mistresses due to the natural objects were created by God hence when the mistresses were better than nature then there would be nothing better than the mistresses Sonnet 130 written by William Shakespeare developed into an anti-Petrarchan position by denying the image of Petrarchan poets mistresses who always were ideal and idolized Any lovers mistress in Petrachan poets sonnet would expect to have eyes that vying the sun lips that are redder than coral breasts as white as snow and hair that shines Nevertheless the speaker created his mistress to a contradictory image of an ideal lover The speaker insisted that his mistress eyes were noting like the sun Coral was far more red than her lips red and if snow be white then her breasts were dun He also commented that if hairs be wires black wires grew on her head Furthermore her skin was dark and not smooth her breath was unpleasant too These descriptions summed up to an objectionable image of her which suggested that the speaker was trying to portray his beloved to a person who was uglier than the rest of the mistresses In addition he described that his mistress when she walked she treaded on the ground which indicated his mistress was a real woman but not like the ideal goddess-like or fictional lovers that other poets created Petrarchan sonnets consisted of an octave and a sestet with a rhyme scheme of abbaabba cdecde where at the end of the octave there would usually be a turn in the
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