Essay on Lust and Love in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and Campion’s There is a Garden

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Lust and Love in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and Campion’s There is a Garden in Her Face

When a comparison is made between There is a Garden in Her Face by Thomas Campion and Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare, the difference between lustful adoration and true love becomes evident. Both poems involve descriptions of a beloved lady seen through the eyes of the speaker, but the speaker in Campion's poem discusses the woman's beautiful perfections, while the speaker in Shakespeare's poem shows that it is the woman's faults which make her beautiful.

In There is a Garden in Her Face, the subject of the speaker's affection is idolized beyond reality and is placed so high upon a pedestal that she is virtually unattainable. Campion
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Shakespeare realizes the unnatural and exaggerated aspects of such love poems as There is a Garden in Her Face, and wittily writes Sonnet 130 as a look at real love instead of distorted worship. While Campion uses imagery of nature in comparison to the woman in his poem, Shakespeare states all of the differences between nature and the speaker's mistress. His mistress has nothing in common with roses, which are so often used to describe Campion's subject. She does not have white skin or red lips like the ideal woman of Renaissance poetry. Despite this woman's lack of conventional beauty though, it is clear that the speaker loves her with more depth than the speaker in Campion's poem. He is more interested in what is beneath the surface. He says he "love[s] to hear her speak," even though her voice is not like music, because he most likely enjoys the content of her words rather than the actual sound (9-10). The lady of Sonnet 130 is not as far out of reach as the lady of There is a Garden in Her Face. The speaker calls her "[m]y mistress," indicating that she belongs to him (1). The woman in Campion's poem is referred to as nothing more than "her," a far colder and impersonal term. There is no description of the mistress in Shakespeare's sonnet as a heavenly creature. This woman, "when she walks, treads on the ground"(12). She is a regular woman, not as the lady in Campion's poem appears to be. She has her faults such as her
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