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Sonnet 130 Love Poem

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Often times when a person is in love with someone, they’ll go to extraordinary lengths for them and even warp reality to make them happy. One example of this is when one describes the looks of their love and what in particular they like about them; the description might get blown out of proportion. In our society, the more that is said and even exaggerated the sweeter sounding it seems, and often times there is a focus on one’s physical attributes. In most works of love, this is the technique that is often used, the use of exaggeration in order to create a more pleasurable reality. In Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130”, the speaker has his own way of describing his “mistress” and goes against what is expected. As Helen Vendler suggests in her book Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology, “Sonnet 130” is a “mocking reply” to similarly structured poems (Vendler 100). Therefore, the poem goes against other love poems by describing the speaker’s love in an almost degrading way instead of an exaggerated glorification of their features. However, if the poem seems to bring down the person the speaker is in love with, can it still be considered a love poem? Although the poem seems to do so, the way it is written and what it focuses on makes “Sonnet 130” still a love poem while also going against other love poems. The very start of the poem begins already with the speaker comparing his “mistress” to something that could be considered very beautiful. However, instead of saying
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