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My Mistress Eyes are nothing Like the Sun William Shakespeare one of the most celebrated sonneteers in history has written many magical and fantastic sonnets that have stressed iambic pentameter rhyme scheme metaphors couplets and quatrains as well as interesting themes Sonnets are found to have various different forms according to how many syllables are in each line how many lines are grouped into a unit and what rhyme scheme is followed Therefore I have chosen William Shakespeares sonnet My Mistress Eyes are nothing Like the Sun to analyze because of the uniqueness and challenge that was found when researching and explicating the Shakespearian sonnet The great majority of 16th-century sonnets were written to explore unrequited romantic love and adoration Encarta 1998 In My Mistress Eyes are nothing Like the Sun the mistress lover is comparing her simple features and attributes to the beauty of nature obviously the mistress does not possess beauty In the beginning the mistress eyes are being compared to the sun suggesting that her eyes are not light or lustrous but dull and homely Shakespeare even compares her dun breasts to that of white and pure snow possibly hinting at a deeper meaning into the usage of the color white Snow is white representing a meaning of purity and virginity But the use of the word dun suggests that she is not as pure and virginal as he would like her to be We also find from Shakespeare that the mistress face apparently does not even possess a healthy and heavenly glow This simple mistress is also not a goddess but very real and alive to her lover He loves her in spite of h er faults and imperfections even making appearances and reality a major theme in this sonnet This sonnet as well as the structure and usage gives us an interesting insight into the perceptions and expressions of unconditional love My Mistresss Eyes are nothing Like
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