Sonnet 130 and My Ugly Love Contrast and Comparison Essay

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Sonnet 130 and My Ugly Love Contrast and Comparison Shakespeare’s sonnet 130, “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” and Pablo Neruda’s “My ugly love” are popularly known to describe beauty in a way hardly anyone would write: through the truth. It’s a common fact that modern lovers and poets speak or write of their beloved with what they and the audience would like to hear, with kind and breathtaking words and verses. Yet, Shakespeare and Neruda, honest men as they both were, chose to write about what love truly is, it matters most what’s on the inside rather than the outside. The theme of true beauty and love are found through Shakespeare and Neruda’s uses of imagery, structure, and tone. The imagery portrayed in both…show more content…
In like manner, the last verse in Neruda’s sonnet, “My love: I love you for clarity, your dark” could be interpreted to mean that the speaker loves his beloved to continue being a mystery for him in so that he could find more beautiful qualities about her by focusing on her unattractive qualities first. Similarly, Shakespeare’s last couplet, “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare” display’s the speaker’s love for what is real rather than how his beloved ought to be. In brief, the imagery plays a huge part within both sonnets because it can give readers insight as to how the speakers think. Shakespeare and Neruda’s poem are obviously known to be sonnets, however they don’t both share the same structure; Shakespeare’s is of course a Shakespearean sonnet containing fourteen lines and has a particular rhyme scheme (ababcdcdefefgg), but Neruda’s sonnet doesn’t follow Shakespeare’s or the traditional Italian sonnet. Rather, Neruda’s sonnet does indeed contain fourteen lines, but most follows the free verse sonnet structure, since there is no rhyme scheme. Yet, likewise, both sonnets do present a problem in the first verses and then develop towards a solution. In the following, on Neruda’s lines, “My ugly…My beauty…Ugly:…Beauty:..” the speaker starts acknowledging his beloved that he is proud she is his for him to say “my”, but as the

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