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Assignment 01: Poetry (Seasons Come to Pass)
William Shakespeare
My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun

1. The poem is written in iambic pentameter with an abab cdcd efef gg rhyming scheme.

My mistress ' eyes are nothing like the sun; a
Coral is far more red than her lips ' red; b
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; a
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. b
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, c
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; d
And in some perfumes is there more delight c
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. d
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know e
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; f
I grant I never saw a goddess go; e
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But line 1-8 as a whole is in contrast with line 9-14 where Shakespeare says he loves to hear her speak and that in fact he loves her and that even heaven recognises that. At the end, wee realise that the love you have for one person overcomes all of their imperfections.

4. In this poem, Shakespeare does not idealise how perfect this woman is. He emphasises her imperfections. Line 1-8 is a perfect example of how he emphasise her imperfections. Line 4 is the best example which reads: “ if hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.”

5. Similes:
“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”. This is a direct comparison using “like”. (L1)
“Coral is far more red than her lips’ red” is also a simile. If Shakespeare had not been making fun of love poems, it would have been: “her lips ass red as corals”. (L2)
“If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.” This is a metaphor because Shakespeare is making an analogy between wires and the texture of her hair. (L4)
“If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.” This is personification because a lifeless object has been given life. Wires cannot grow.
The poets use of similes, metaphors and personification is very interesting because he uses irony with each simile, metaphor and personification to describe his mistress and his feeling towards her. Shakespeare uses similes, metaphors and personification to describe
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