Analysis Of The Poem ' My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun '

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The title of the poem “My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun” suggests that the speaker is not in love with his ‘mistress’. However, this is not the case. Shakespeare uses figurative language by using criticizing hyperboles to mock the traditional love sonnet. Thus, showing not only that the ideal woman is not always a ‘goddess’, but mocking the way others write about love. Shakespeare proves that love can be written about and accomplished without the artificial and exuberant. The speaker’s tone is ironic, sarcastic, and comical turning the traditional conceit around using satire. The traditional iambic pentameter rhyming scheme of the sonnet makes the diction fall into place as relaxed, truthful, and with elegance in the easy flowing verse. In turn, making this sonnet one of parody and real love.
The speaker starts the first quatrain criticizing his ‘mistress’. He spends each line comparing her to something else. The first line is a simile “My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun”, her eyes are most likely brown or dull, ordinary. The first line also follows the basic iambic pentameter form, in the masculine sense ending with a stressed syllable, “my MIStress EYES are NOthing LIKE the SUN”. In the second line there is a break from the norm, where instead of the usual iambic pentameter, the stress falls on the first syllable “COral”. The second line “Coral is far more red than her lips red” is suggesting that her lips are not red and that women’s lips who are bright
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