During Shakespeare time he wrote famous plays, several poems and one hundred and fifty four exceptional shorter poems known as sonnets. The anapest is sometimes substituted for the iambus. Who best Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. AnItalian sonnet is comprised of fourteen lines, arranged in twoparts: the octave, eight lines composed in an a-b-a-b a-b-a-b ora-b-b-a a-b-b-a rhyme scheme; and, the sestet six lines composedin a c-d-c-c-d-c, c-d-e-c-d-e, or c-d-c-d-c-d rhyme scheme. If you mean Shakespeare's Sonnet 1 From fairest creatures we desire increase. The tone is different in sonnet 130 where he uses a structure where the quatrains help to expand his description of how his mistress' qualities are all ghastly. 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.
That is my home of love; if I have ranged, Like him that travels I return again, Just to the time, not with the time exchanged, So that myself bring water for my stain. The poet, openly contemptuous of his weakness for the woman, expresses his infatuation for her in negative comparisons. Whereas conventional love sonnets by other poets make their women into goddesses, in Sonnet 130 the poet is merely amused by his own attempt to deify his dark mistress. The lines are arranged in threequatrains four lines of verse and a couplet two lines of verse ,with a traditional rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b c-d-c-d e-f-e-f g-g. Her cheeks are not as beautiful in colouring as damask roses 5—6. Then the final couplet tells the truth about the woman this poet loves: He sees her in all her mortal imperfection, yet he considers her every bit as rare and lovely as if she really did have all those goddess-like attributes.
For example, it was not uncommon to read love poems that compared a woman to a river, or the sun. It is also one of the few of Shakespeare's sonnets with a distinctly humorous tone. Shakespeare turns all these conventions upside down. Sonnet130 is about the imperfections of Shakespeares mistress, but, dispite the imperfections he still loves her anyway. The relevant lines say: And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 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. Why is he saying it? Historical Background was born in 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon to an alderman and glover.
Nonetheless, his contemporaries recognized Shakespeare's achievements. 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. He is say … ing here that her chest is not white it is 'dun. Together they raised two daughters: Susanna, who was born in 1583, and Judith whose twin brother died in boyhood , born in 1585. Other scholars have attempted to push forward the idea that the poem is ultimately a romantic one in nature. I think by using this technique it shows that Shakespeare enjoys to express his love by comparing her to summer but then that not even that is an appropriate description. Shakespeare's sonnets were composed between 1593 and 1601, though not published until 1609.
Imagery In writing Sonnet 130, Shakespeare relied very heavily on strong sensory images to get his satirical message across. And then, how do you feel about the way Shakespeare evokes these conventions and then sets about overturning them? In Shakespears day, women with white chests are made out to be the prettyest. 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. Scholars have attempted to illustrate the difference of tone between them by stating that the Fair Youth sequence refers to spiritual love, while the Dark Lady sequence refers to sexual passion. Or a mixture of two or three of these qualities? However, there is powerful evidence to suggest that the poem … s are substantially biographic in nature, describing the relationship of Shakespeare with his only known personal patron, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton see The Biography in Shakespeare's Sonnets at related link below.
He goes through a whole laundry list, giving us details about the flaws of her body, her smell, even the sound of her voice. The earliest form of sonnet is the Italian or Petrarchan. Little is known about Shakespeare's activities between 1585 and 1592. Does Shakespeare avoid sexism by exposing the conventions as silly? This kind of sonnet would form a list of her beautiful features of face and figure, variously praising her eyes, lips, cheeks, teeth, breasts, etc. Never believe though in my nature reigned All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood, That it could so preposterously be stained To leave for nothing all thy sum of good; For nothing this wide universe I call Save thou, my rose, in it thou art my all. . The poet must be very secure in his love for his mistress — and hers for him — for him to be as disparaging as he is, even in jest — a security he did not enjoy with the young man.
The Spenceriansonnet is named for English author Edmund Spencer. Yet he thinks she is really beautiful nonetheless, and his admiration is intended to seem all the more real for being couched in realistic rather than conventional, exaggerated, or clichéd terms. In this case, it feels like his teacher has told him to write a love poem. On the other hand, his sarcastic tone keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously, and he has a way of turning things on their head and making us see them in a new way. In this poem, shakspear is saying that his misterss is not perfect by any means, but he thinks he loves her more than anyone else in comparison. I have seen roses damask'd, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
Or perhaps she is deserving but such words are not necessary, as though the narrator feels comfortable enough with the dark lady that he is able to show such honesty which his insecurity regarding the fair lord prevents him from doing? She has lips redder and lovelier in colour than coral. In this sonnet, Shakespeare draws on sight, sound and smell when he compares his mistress' eyes to the sun, her lips to red coral, her breasts to white snow, her hair to black wires, her cheeks to red and white roses, her breath to perfume and her voice to music. The usual for a woman is to be falsely represented in looks when in actuality, Shakespeare loves his mistress based on her personality. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Blonde was fashionable then, as now.