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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES SONNET 130 Of William Shakespeares one hundred fifty-four sonnets his one hundred thirtieth sonnet is one of the most intriguing to examine Reading this poem one cant help but realize that he was obviously a very deep passionate and learned man he was very open with how he felt and was able to express it in a way that was very exact and easy to comprehend In his sonnets which were more like entries in his diary he talked a lot about his love life He spends the entire Sonnet 130 pointing out the faults and shortcomings of his lover and how he thinks any other man would be simply repulsed by this woman We see how he conforms to the traditional structure of poetry writing yet also breaks away from traditional form by describing the object of his affections in a way never seen before We also see that while on its surface Sonnet 130 looks like an unorthodox love poem we will come to notice that it is also a criticism of poetry writing of the period Traditionally Shakespearean sonnets are written in fourteen lines consisting of three quatrains and a couplet and Sonnet 130 is no exception What sets this poem apart from the rest and makes it so intriguing is the fact that Shakespeare is not just writing possibly the greatest love poem ever but he is doing it while simultaneously mocking the floweriness of traditional Elizabethan love poetry Instead of building his lover up in his poem like all other poets of the time Shakespeare spends his time pointing out her flaws from her pale skin to her awful breath There is no use of grandiose allusion he does not compare his lover to Venus and neither is there any evocation to Morpheus Shakespeare deliberately uses typical love poetry metaphors against themselves to illustrate how imperfect his lover is He states that his lovers eyes are nothing
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