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As one of the greatest wordsmiths of all time William Shakespeare made powerful use of imagery to convey the themes and subject matter in his poetry and plays This is displayed well in two of his more famous sonnets My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun and That Time Of Year Thou Mayest In Me Behold In the first quatrain of My Mistress Eyes Shakespeare compared the features of his mistress to those of nature seemingly mocking her looks Coral is far more red than her lips red In the second quatrain he described her weak points using smell and in the third quatrain he described her lack of a perfect voice using sound The images that these words put into our heads are very true to his idea that his woman means nothing compared to nature one of the main points of his poem These observations of Shakespeares also put to shame the over the top ramblings of other authors odes of love to their women the hidden meaning purpose of the sonnet Shakespeare also used figures of speech well to explain his subject matter One he used was the title of the sonnet My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun This figure of speech is an example of a simile comparing the suns shining beauty to that of his mistress eyes which when compared to the shining of the sun do not live up to any false praise he might write These similes give us an idea of what he is trying to put across that his mistress has no where near the same beauty that nature possesses and also show us he is trying to mock the style of his contemporaries love poems In the second sonnet Shakespeare used images of a forest in autumn growing brown and dying He uses the forest to describe how he feels about his life wasting away and
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