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William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616 He was an English poet dramatist and actor He is thought of as the greatest dramatist of all time During his lifetime his plays were mentioned and imitated as often as those of any of his contemporaries Neilson Thorndike Shakespeares sonnets were published in 1609 and he wrote a total of 154 sonnets All of his sonnets have some relation to people he knew The identities of these people are still open for debate His sonnets express strong feeling and follow a very artistic form In Shakespeares 130th sonnet My mistress eyes rpt in Thomas R Arp and Greg Johnson Perrines Literature Structure Sound and Sense 8th ed Fort Worth Harcourt 2002 885 he describes a mistress that is far less than perfect but he loves her regardless In this sonnet he definitely uses strong expressions in a sarcastic way My mistress eyes sonnet 130 has fourteen lines The rhyme scheme of this sonnet is ababcdcdefefgg The last two lines are the rhyming couplet Although this sonnet follows the normal pattern of a sonnet this one is rather different in content According to the lit finder in The Alabama Virtual Library most Renaissance sonneteers such as Edmund Spenser and Philip Sidney wrote about blonde ladies with milky white complexions However Shakespeares describes a different view about love in his My mistress eyes In this sonnet he portrays love and beauty as something that is not just skin deep but something that comes from the heart In line one of the sonnet Shakespeare claims that his mistress eyes are nothing like the sun 1 This opening statement sets the mood of the poem which is a criticizing one Next Shakespeare describes his mistress lips He does this by portraying her lips not being as pretty as most poets would describe their mistress In line three the speaker claims that if
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