Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare

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Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare. Page 296. Questions for thought. Who is considered an ideal beauty in our culture? What made a woman an ideal beauty in Shakespeares time?. Sonnet 130. The speakers situation - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


<ul><li><p>Sonnet 130 by William ShakespearePage 296</p></li><li><p>Questions for thoughtWho is considered an ideal beauty in our culture?What made a woman an ideal beauty in Shakespeares time?</p></li><li><p>Sonnet 130The speakers situationThe speaker is describing a woman he cares about. He is very realistic about her looksshe does not fit the expectations of an ideal beauty in Renaissance England.</p></li><li><p>Sonnet 130poetic devicesThe speaker uses imagery to describe the woman he loves.Each line (or pair of lines) contains a different image.</p></li><li><p>My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun.Paraphrase:My mistress eyes are not bright and warm and life-giving, like the sunrather, they are dull and expressionless.</p></li><li><p>Coral is far more red than her lips red.</p><p>Paraphrase:Her lips are not bright red like coralthey are more of a dull flesh-color.</p></li><li><p>red sea fan coral spreads behind a golden damselfish in waters off FijiFrom the National Geographic website:</p></li><li><p>From, which sells red coral jewelry</p></li><li><p>If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun.</p><p>Paraphrase:Her skin is brownish, not fair and white like snow.</p></li><li><p>If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.</p><p>Paraphase:Her hair is not golden and silkyit is dark, and thick and stiff like wire.</p></li><li><p>I have seen roses damaskd, red and white, / but no such roses see I in her cheeks.</p><p>Paraphrase:I have seen roses in real lifeflowers of red and whitebut her cheeks do not have the bloom of roses.</p></li><li><p>and in some perfumes is there more delight / than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.</p><p>Paraphrase:Perfume smells better than her breath does.</p></li><li><p>I love to hear her speak, yet well I know / that music hath a far more pleasing sound.</p><p>Paraphrase:I love to talk to her and listen to her, but her voice is not as pleasing and smooth as music.</p></li><li><p>I grant I never saw a goddess go, / my mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.</p><p>Paraphrase:Ive admit Ive never seen a goddess who floats above the ground, but I know that my mistress plants her feet firmly on the ground when she walksshes not very graceful.</p></li><li><p>And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare / as any she belied with false compare.Paraphase:Despite all this, I think the woman I love is just as special / as any other woman who is lied about with false comparisons in other poems.</p></li><li><p>Images/reverse comparisons in sonnet 130Line 1: eyes not like the sunLine 2: lips not like red coralLine 3: skin not as white as snowLine 4: hair like black wiresLines 5-6: cheeks not like beautiful rosesLines 7-8: breath not like perfumeLines 9-10: voice not like musicLines 11-12: walking not graceful like a goddess</p></li><li><p>Main ideaA woman can be loved and special without being an ideal beauty.Many poems idealizing a womans beauty are exaggerated and false.</p></li></ul>