Essay One - Sonnet Analysis

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    Tory Talayi

    Brit Lit 210

    October 19, 2010

    No Better Place Than the Sun

    In late Elizabethan times, the leaves of negative connotations have a specific way of

    denoting the root of a poets tree. Sonnets, like nature, contain an essence of purity. The

    concepts of cause and effect, action and consequence, can be anatomized in William

    Shakespeares My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun.

    Imagine a time where a beloved Protestant Virgin Queen has died, and a controversial

    Scottish King takes the throne. Although, the sonnet may or may not have been written prior to

    the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, the scenery is still the same. Performances of the screenplays

    William Shakespeare wrote are a powerful and a popular pastime. It was affordable to all

    classes, and the Globe theater was booming with people aspiring to be as great as he.

    In the late 16th

    and early 17th

    centuries, Sonnets became trendy and commonly constructed

    throughout England. Play writer William Shakespeare wrote a cluster of one hundred and fifty

    seven poems, and My mistress; eyes are nothing like the sunis number one hundred and fifty.

    The words of depiction in the poem are conflicting. Words, such as: Sun, coral, roses, perfume,

    music and snowhave positive associations of imagery within them. And other poets of the time

    used these descriptive words in their sonnets to express their love. The interesting twist in this

    particular sonnet is Shakespeares way of turning these positive denotations into negative ones

    in order to describe his love. My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun, No such roses see I

    in her cheeks. The reader will immediately envision an unattractive and unappealing mistress.

    In a time where a beautiful womans skin and breast were often described as whiter than snow,

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    Shakespeare writes if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun. In England dun was

    used as a negative connotation meaning tinted or brown. Golden wires were considered an

    ideal expression of a ladys locks. Shakespeare furthermore versed black wires grow on her

    head. This rhythmic pattern throughout the sonnet continues to baffle the reader/listener.

    Why is his mistress being described as so undesirable? Why write a poem to condescend the

    appearance of a woman he chose to be his mistress? The answer is simple, because he did not.

    It is a very introspective look at true love. Anyone can be in love if there are red carpets,

    expensive dresses that pronounce ample breasts, champagne and an immense dowry. But,

    true love is peeing with the door open, picking up old dirty socks, holding ones head over the

    john when ones had too much ale to drink. It is easy to love beautiful Queen Katherine Kitty

    Howard, but to love, Plain Jane Seymourthat is true love.

    If there are two wolves fighting inside each and every one of us, and one wolf

    represents greed, materialism, shallowness, arrogance and selfishness, and the other

    represents peace, love, joy, selflessness, sharing, truth and humility, then which will win? The

    wolf that is being fed the most. Shakespeare is feeding the second wolf.

    WORKS CITED:

    Great Sonnets:D

    over Thrift Edition, Page #16. My Mistress Eyes are nothing like the

    sun