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Analysis of Sonnet 130 Of William Shakespeares one hundred fifty-four sonnets his one hundred thirtieth is one of the most intriguing to examine In Sonnet 130 the speaker describes the woman that he loves in extremely unflattering terms but claims that he truly loves her which lends credibility to his claim because even though he does not find her attractive he still declares his love for her The sentences of Sonnet 130 are written in iambic pentameter with ten syllables and a pattern of unstressed and stressed syllables Writing the poem in iambic pentameter gives rhythm to the poem and helps it flow smoothly which is important because the author simply wants to describe his mistress Traditionally Shakespearean sonnets are written in fourteen lines with a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg and Sonnet 130 is no exception The majority of the poem gives negative connotations The sun red coral snow roses perfumes music and a goddess all bring to mind beautiful images but the speakers mistress eyes lips breasts cheeks breath voice and walk are all contrasted with the descriptions of loveliness Her eyes do not shine her lips are not red her breasts are not white her cheeks are pale her breath stinks she does not have a pleasant voice and she doesnt walk gracefully as a goddess would The speaker seems to be viewing his mistress disdainfully as if he is not attracted to her and after reading the first twelve lines a sense of indignation and perhaps sorrow for this woman who is so ugly that not even her lover describes her as being pretty is felt The images serve to make the sonnet come to life because the readers can see the comparisons through the use of descriptive words However in the last two lines of the poem which are indented for the purpose of standing out recognizing the change in attitude and showing the point of the
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