Analysis Of My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun

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In “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun,” poet William Shakespeare describes his love for a woman that throughout the poem he states is nothing special to most but special to him. Shakespeare uses imagery, similes, metaphors, alliteration, and irony to show the reader all love poems do not have to be the same but still profess the love one has for another. The speaker restates the title in the first line of the poem. In line 1, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” (1), the speaker starts off by letting us know that the mistress is basically an average woman, nothing outstanding. By stating her eyes are nothing like the sun implies there is no comparison to the sun. Nothing bright, shining or warm about them, basically…show more content…
The reader can imagine that certain smell that gives them a wonderful feeling. As the speaker continues in line 8 “than the in the breath that from my mistress reeks” (8), gives the reader the thought of bad breath and bad hygiene. These two contrasts have the reader going from a pleasant smell to one of not so pleasant. “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know” (9), carrying on a conversation with the mistress seems to delight the speaker. The reader can conclude that the mistress can have meaningful conversations, that she has some form of intellect. Although, “that music hath a far more pleasing sound” (10), it seems that the mistress has a tone or sound that is displeasing to the speaker. Her voice is not as melodious as music but hard on ears to listen to. In line 11, “I grant I never saw a goddess go” (11), informs the reader that the speaker has never seen a goddess. It should make the reader question how the speaker can make such comparisons about the mistress not having seen this beautiful woman the speaker has put on such a pedestal. The speaker does not hold the mistress with high regard. “My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground” (12), gives the reader the impression that the mistress is more of a commoner walking as others do not as royalty or special. Once again the speaker takes the mistress down to an average level. And yet, by heaven,
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