Essay One - Sonnet Analysis

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<ul><li><p>8/8/2019 Essay One - Sonnet Analysis</p><p> 1/2</p><p>Tory Talayi</p><p>Brit Lit 210</p><p>October 19, 2010</p><p>No Better Place Than the Sun</p><p>In late Elizabethan times, the leaves of negative connotations have a specific way of</p><p>denoting the root of a poets tree. Sonnets, like nature, contain an essence of purity. The</p><p>concepts of cause and effect, action and consequence, can be anatomized in William</p><p>Shakespeares My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun.</p><p>Imagine a time where a beloved Protestant Virgin Queen has died, and a controversial</p><p>Scottish King takes the throne. Although, the sonnet may or may not have been written prior to</p><p>the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, the scenery is still the same. Performances of the screenplays</p><p>William Shakespeare wrote are a powerful and a popular pastime. It was affordable to all</p><p>classes, and the Globe theater was booming with people aspiring to be as great as he.</p><p>In the late 16th</p><p>and early 17th</p><p>centuries, Sonnets became trendy and commonly constructed</p><p>throughout England. Play writer William Shakespeare wrote a cluster of one hundred and fifty</p><p>seven poems, and My mistress; eyes are nothing like the sunis number one hundred and fifty.</p><p>The words of depiction in the poem are conflicting. Words, such as: Sun, coral, roses, perfume,</p><p>music and snowhave positive associations of imagery within them. And other poets of the time</p><p>used these descriptive words in their sonnets to express their love. The interesting twist in this</p><p>particular sonnet is Shakespeares way of turning these positive denotations into negative ones</p><p>in order to describe his love. My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun, No such roses see I</p><p>in her cheeks. The reader will immediately envision an unattractive and unappealing mistress.</p><p>In a time where a beautiful womans skin and breast were often described as whiter than snow,</p></li><li><p>8/8/2019 Essay One - Sonnet Analysis</p><p> 2/2</p><p>Tory Talayi</p><p>Brit Lit 210</p><p>October 19, 2010</p><p>Shakespeare writes if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun. In England dun was</p><p>used as a negative connotation meaning tinted or brown. Golden wires were considered an</p><p>ideal expression of a ladys locks. Shakespeare furthermore versed black wires grow on her</p><p>head. This rhythmic pattern throughout the sonnet continues to baffle the reader/listener.</p><p>Why is his mistress being described as so undesirable? Why write a poem to condescend the</p><p>appearance of a woman he chose to be his mistress? The answer is simple, because he did not.</p><p>It is a very introspective look at true love. Anyone can be in love if there are red carpets,</p><p>expensive dresses that pronounce ample breasts, champagne and an immense dowry. But,</p><p>true love is peeing with the door open, picking up old dirty socks, holding ones head over the</p><p>john when ones had too much ale to drink. It is easy to love beautiful Queen Katherine Kitty</p><p>Howard, but to love, Plain Jane Seymourthat is true love.</p><p>If there are two wolves fighting inside each and every one of us, and one wolf</p><p>represents greed, materialism, shallowness, arrogance and selfishness, and the other</p><p>represents peace, love, joy, selflessness, sharing, truth and humility, then which will win? The</p><p>wolf that is being fed the most. Shakespeare is feeding the second wolf.</p><p>WORKS CITED:</p><p>Great Sonnets:D</p><p>over Thrift Edition, Page #16. My Mistress Eyes are nothing like the</p><p>sun</p></li></ul>