Thus, through a comparison of the sonnets, the reader can see that Shakespeare believes that men are far superior to women. Therefore, it becomes clear that, although the two sonnets are utilizing a comparison method to express physical attributes, and subsequent affection, they each have a distinct tone, that when compared can be seen as paradoxical.
In contrast, its paradoxical equal, sonnetdenounces the woman, and declares her un-godlike: Posted on September 29, by Anthony Funari I want to begin with a rather large question: This is not how a love poem is suppose to work, right?
Shakespeare sees the man as a whole, and complex being, in that he is compared to an entire day that encompasses every aspect of nature.
While sonnet 28, addressing a man, is full metaphors, affection, and often doting language, sonnetaddressing the woman, utilizes only similes, and often harsh, or degrading commentary.
So I want to leave you with this question: He does not see her as a person. However, there are often more subtle variances that can only be recognized when comparing sonnets whose thematic intent appears to be similar. Both sonnets, although addressing differing genders, explore the notion of comparison between the addressed person and nature.
Second, if we only read the first twelve lines of the sonnet, we could conclude that Shakespeare is being cruel to his beloved, pointing out her shortcomings.
For this blog post, I want to discuss how Shakespeare challenges the expectations of what a love poem is. In our modern era, we value artists for their originality, breaking through conventions to create a new form of art.
However, they also refer to the afterlife, and death: Thus, a comparison of these two sonnets prove that Shakespeare thoughts, and feelings, concerning the addressed man and woman follow two distinctly different paths, each with their own underlying tones. However, Shakespeare rejects these tired comparisons as false and, by doing so, he can see his beloved for who she truly is.
This makes her human, flawed, and unlike her godly, and subsequently perfect, male counterpart. But thy eternal summer shall not fade," lines 4 and 9.
Male Hierarchy in Metaphor: First off, we need to understand that Shakespeare is intentionally writing against the blazon form, which he is showing as boring, worn out, and cliched. Thus, the comparison proves that Shakespeare admired men more wholly, and valued them unequivocally, as opposed to women, who he saw as rather tainted, and beneath him.
In the first eight lines of his sonnet, Constable works through three different comparisons in which he contrasts his beloved to a rose, a lily, and a marigold.
In my previous post on the sonnet, I pointed out two major contributions that Shakespeare made to the sonnet form: In a blazon, the poet lists or catalogues the beloved features through a series of comparisons through which the beloved always wins out. However, unlike the woman who is inferior to nature, the addressed man is superior to it: In each of the comparisons that Shakespeare sets up to roses, coral, snow, roses again, perfume, music, and a goddess he describes his beloved as coming up short.
Shakespeare looks beyond cliches to the real person of his beloved. However, it is in lines 13 and 14 that we get the volta: Thus, Shakespeare makes him metaphorically god-like in relation to the natural world.
For example, in sonnet 28 andShakespeare is comparing a man and a woman to aspects of nature: The man, addressed in sonnet 28, is compared to, ". Yet, despite these broad commonalties, several vast, and subsequently specific, differences surface.In Shakespeare's "My Mistress' Eyes are nothing like the Sun", he explains that he can't make false comparisons about his mistress.
He's been with her a long time and knows her well. Though her eyes are nothing like the sun, it is of no consequence because he knows that his love for her is rare.
Comparing and Contrasting "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like Sun" and "She Walks In Beauty". Sonnet My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more. "To say that a woman's eyes are not like the sun, her lips less red than coral, her breasts dun-colored in comparison to snow, her hair black wire, and so on probably comes closer to truth than does the hyperbolic convention but, in the context of a love poem, such honesty can easily seem like damning with faint praise.".
The imagery of the sonnet centers on the beauty, or the lack thereof, of Shakespeare's mistress of the day, and the images are polar opposites of the conventional images of beauty we would expect. Compare and contrast the voice, diction, imagery, figures of speech, and symbolism for "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" by William Shakespeare.Download