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Shakespeare uses nature and romantic imagery to portray a love that shouldnt be the narrator is repulsed by the idea of his mistress but attracted to her kindness at the same time In the first quatrain the poetic voice makes his mistress out to be a repulsive women who he despises Shakespeare writes My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun Coral is far more red than her lips red 1 By this Shakespeare means her eyes are very dark not like the bright sun Shakespeare also compares her lips to the bright red of coral conveying that the mistress lips are also very dark and gloomy like her eyes The narrator goes on to criticize his mistress If snow be white why then her breasts are dun 3 The poetic voice states that her breasts are also dark a dimmer gray than white Her breasts should be white like snow however they are dirty like coal Even more so in the last line of the first quatrain Shakespeare writes If hairs be wires black wires grow on her head 4 This further shows how repulsive the poetic voice makes his mistress out to be a very dark evil person The narrator gives off the impression that his mistress is not someone who is very decent to be around Overall the first quatrain serves to show how repulsed the narrator is by his mistress both physically and mentallyIn the second quatrain Shakespeare changes his use of imagery to romantic imagery to convey a sense of hatred for his mistress It is contradictory because while the imagery leads one on to believe he loves his mistress the words say he doesnt Shakespeare writes I have seen roses damasked red and white but no such roses see I in her cheeks 5 The narrator thinks that his mistress cheeks are very much the opposite of a rosy red They are dark and void of color Again giving
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