The ostensible subject of this sonnet is the so-called dark lady of the later sonnets, a woman with whom the speaker of the poems is having a passionate sexual affair. The first 126 sonnets are addressed to a man, in whom the speaker denies having sexual interest. (See Sonnet 20, where the speaker notes that the male beloved has “one thing to my purpose nothing.”) These sonnets to and about the man attempt to consider the dimensions of platonic love, “the marriage of true minds” (Sonnet 116), without the compromising motive of sexual desire. In contrast, the sonnets addressed to the dark lady suggest that once sex enters into the relationship, the possibility of achieving a higher, platonic love is virtually lost. Indeed, the speaker and the dark lady engage in quite a sordid affair.
Although the poem focuses on this woman, its main subject is perception itself and the methods by which poets represent love. Poets often concern themselves with the nature of their art and, in creating new ways of seeing human experience, question the validity of the poetic conventions of their predecessors. This poem prompts some very fundamental questions about poetic devices. What does metaphor actually tell about the objects on which it focuses? If poetry attempts to bring one closer to what is true in the human experience, why is it that most poetic conventions are falsehoods? Love is not a rose, beloveds are not heavenly goddesses, lovers do not die from being...
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Many poets through history have written about love, this essay will examine how love is presented in 2 poems.
In 16 century William Shakespeare wrote Sonnet 130(1564-1616) sonnet 130 is one of Shakespeare’s most famous conventional and traditional love sonnets. He wrote a series of love poems to a woman named Laura. The scholars imagined the poem as "The Dark Lady." This poem is a love poem, the first 12 lines are described about her hair, the colour of her skin being negative, then on the last 2 lines he admire he loves her no matter how she looks.
When we talk about “love” poem, the first thing come up from your mind is something like cajolery you'd find in a Valentine's Day card. Old love poems bring…show more content…
In line 5 the poet says “roses damasked, red and white”This line is possibly an allusion to the rose is red and white.
In line 8 Shakespeare said “than the breath...reeks” than in the breath that comes out of my mistress. One should think of the meaning of “reeks”, stinks. Shakespeare uses reeks often in his serious work.
Shakespeare uses simile to comparison of 2 things using as or like, for example the sun, coral, snow, roses, perfumes and music this helps the second image is well-known. These negative images on her physical aging are continued until the couplet, the poet says “by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare” Shakespeare wrote 100s of sonnet on behalf of men for their mistresses, this shows that Shakespeare promise his feeling as strong as any other women in contrast. Shakespeare uses honesty, not blandishment, to speak of the woman he loves. “Sonnet 130” stands out as providing an alternative view on love compared to must sonnets of Shakespeare’s time appears in sonnets 127 to 154. He shows the ideas of women do not need to be idealized in order to be loved. From lines one to line four, Shakespeare said: “My mistress’s eyes are black wires” to emphasize the reality of his love. In lines six through to twelve we