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William Shakespeare was one of the first developers of the English Sonnet His style is powerful and that is why he is considered to be one of the best poets of all time The sonnet My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun is no exception Shakespeares use of structure diction rhyme contributes towards developing the meaning form and content of the poem My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun is a poem in which Shakespeare forms an argument against common love poems that use flattery to praise a lovers beauty He uses the example of a woman whose physical appearance is not perfect to emphasize that love is deeper and more important than the comparisons made by most other poems of his time For example in line one he writes my mistress eyes are nothing like the sun Had Shakespeare used the writing style of other poets he would have written something like her eyes shined as brightly as the sun This poem clearly shows that his lover isnt the prettiest woman alive but the love he has for her is still strong In almost every line of the poem a picture of a perfect woman is presented and then quickly taken away and replaced by one that is less attractive For example in line 3 it states If snow be white why then her breasts are dun This line makes us picture a beautiful snow-white woman This is probably because we are so accustomed to love poems describing exactly that But then that picture suddenly vanishes at the end of the line leaving us with a woman with dull dark breasts In line 11 the poem reads I grant I never saw a goddess go My mistress when she walks treads on the ground This suggests to us that his mistress is completely human and gives the reader the idea that some of the normal comparisons are unrealistic The last two
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