Comparison of Shall I Compare Thee? and My Mistress' Eyes are

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1 Shall compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of maie,

And summers lease hath all to short a date:

5 Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dim'd,

And every faire from faire sometime declines,

By chance, or natures changing course untrim'd:

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

10 Nor loose possession of that faire
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My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun…

1 My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun,

Coral is far more red than her lips red:

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun,

If hair be wires, black wires grow on her head.

5 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.

I love to hear her speak, - yet well I know

10 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 belied with false compare.

Through line one to twelve Shakespeare is describing his mistress by using descriptions that other poets would have used and saying that his mistress has no such qualities.

He almost insults her through the sonnet with these negative comparisons. Even though line nine, "I love to hear her speak," sounds as though Shakespeare is going to complement his, mistress, he changes the statement with the word "yet" and goes onto say that music "hath a far more pleasing sound."

Shakespeare uses
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