If snow is white, her skin is not — dun is another word for grey-brown; her hair is described as black wires, and she does not have a pleasant flush to her cheeks. Tone The tone of Sonnet 130 is definitely sarcastic. Love follows on truth, he seems to say. In 1594, Shakespeare joined the Lord Chamberlain's company of actors, the most popular of the companies acting at Court. The lines he spends on her description could very well symbolize his true adoration for the mistress, and her looks.
In Sonnet 123 the speaker addresses Time, denouncing its effects on love and aging. Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 is a parody of the kind of insincere, sickly sweet love poems that authors have been writing and a lot of people have been hating for centuries. Shakespeare may have taught at school during this period, but it seems more probable that shortly after 1585 he went to London to begin his apprenticeship as an actor. It was customary to praise the beauty of the object of one's affections with comparisons to beautiful things found in nature and heaven, such as stars in the night sky, the golden light of the rising sun, or red roses. According to Felicia Jean Steele, Shakespeare uses imagery while actually undermining it at the same time.
The dark lady, who ultimately betrays the poet, appears in sonnets 127 to 154. The Sonnets ; and, A Lover's Complaint. Shakespeare: the Poet and his Background. Then, at the end, he changes his tune and tells us about his real and complete love for her. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1964. As he continues to write, he admits that he has never seen a goddess go, but his mistress walks on the ground.
Now, don't get us wrong, we're not anti-love poetry and we can get into the sappy stuff sometimes too. Glossary dun tan or mud-colored. . Compare Macbeth: Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds Or memorise another Golgotha, I cannot tell. Sonnet 130 is like a love poem turned on its head. Sting says that the best way to deal with drunks is to quote Shakespeare at them and in this case he quoted the first line of this sonnet. There are many ways to interpret how the poet's psychological state may have influenced stylistic choices in his writing, but these sonnets do not provide definitive proof.
Here it is clear that the poet does not believe in the conventional attributes of beauty. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress when she walks treads on the ground. The images conjured by Shakespeare were common ones that would have been well-recognized by a reader or listener of this sonnet. What more could one ask? I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound: I grant I never saw a goddess go, My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare, As any she belied with false compare. When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And look upon myself and curse my fate, wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featured like him, like him with friends possessed, Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,.
One final note: To Elizabethan readers, Shakespeare's comparison of hair to 'wires' would refer to the finely-spun gold threads woven into fancy hair nets. I love to hear her speak, but I also know that That music has a much more pleasing sound. The English sonnet has three , followed by a final rhyming. He loves her for what the reality is, and not because he can compare her to beautiful things. Shakespeare put virtually indescribable feelings into beautiful words that fit the specific form of the sonnet. According to the author, the eyes of his mistress are certainly not bright like the sun light. Its message is simple: the dark lady's beauty cannot be compared to the beauty of a goddess or to that found in nature, for she is but a mortal human being.
To this I witness call the fools of time, Which die for goodness, who have lived for crime. He produced most of his work in a 23-year-period. I admit that I never saw a goddess walking, My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. Coral is much redder than the red of her lips. Nevertheless, they share identical theme in the sonnets which is the traditional… 703 Words 3 Pages Almost four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare's work continues to live on through his readers.
In Sonnet 130, the references to such objects of perfection are indeed present, but they are there to illustrate that his lover is not as beautiful -- a total rejection of Petrarch form and content. Shakespeare satirizes the of the used by conventional poets, which even by the Elizabethan era, had become , predictable, and uninspiring. By contrast, poets who compare their lovers to nature are not really describing them as they are, but idealizing them — and therefore, the poet seems to hint, they cannot love their beloved as much as he loves his mistress. Our dates are brief, and therefore we admire What thou dost foist upon us that is old; And rather make them born to our desire Than think that we before have heard them told. I used to feel conflicted having to do that in my literary classes: But with that said, I tend to go how it makes me feel and I feel like its a more of a statement on how narrow the idea of beauty was over a declaration of love which came in a distant second You have missed the important point of this sonnet , it is not about the early blooming of love in youthful passion but the lasting love and friendship that endears us to our chosen one. To be so tickled, they would change their state And situation with those dancing chips, O'er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait, Making dead wood more bless'd than living lips.