The Perfect Beauty in Petrarch´s Gli Ocohi Oi Ch´lo Paralai and Shakespeare´s Sonnet 130

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The Perfect Beauty
A certain individual may establish beauty merely by what is viewed upon the naked eye, yet someone else can measure beauty by using more fundamental qualities, such as good morals and ideas, which lie beneath one’s surface. This is a topic of discussion that leaves many to ask the question, what is the true meaning of beauty? There are two prominent sonnets, which relate to the principles of true beauty; Petrarch’s “Gli Occhi Oi Ch’ Io Paralai” and “Sonnet 130” by William Shakespeare. These sonnets do nothing less, but use imagery to define the bountiful amount of beauty and how much love they possess for an individual. “Gli Occhi Oi Ch’ Io Paralai,” represents the true beauty love has by its use of excessive descriptions and tone. “Sonnet 130” proves that beauty is not measured by idealistic, regal measures, but rather proposes beauty is average and nothing out of the ordinary. For each sonnet effectively describes its interpretations on the joys of beauty and love. “Gli Occhi Di Ch’ Io Parlai” praises the artificial traits of beauty and love. Petrarch often put women on pedestals and describes them with hyperbolic language. His sonnet, “Gli Occhi Di Ch’ Io Parlai,” is no exception to his trend. The speaker starts off the sonnet by recounting the feeling he gets when around his love. The speaker says when their eyes meet his “passionate rapture rose” (1). He also illustrates her having “rays flashing from a smiling angels glance” (6), which he is for

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