My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun

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My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing like the Sun This poem is one of the rarest but truest sonnet written by Shakespeare. In this sonnet, it appears Shakespeare loves his love with his heart rather than his eyes. This is true, however unlike all Shakespeare's sonnets and other poetry, this sonnet expresses true comparison. Lips are red but far less red than coral, skin can have a light color but never white, so Shakespeare uses the term "dun". His mistress' cheeks are rosy but not that of damask'd roses, perfume has a better scent than that of s person's breath, and music sounds better than a person's voice. All these comparisons are true; there is no such thing as breath smelling better than perfume, real red lips, voice better than music or white skin. Shakespeare mentions that "I grant I never saw a goddess go", this means that if a person did sound better than music, smelled better than perfume, had red lips and white skim then you would see a goddess go, in this case there is no such thing as a goddess.

However, Shakespeare says, "And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare, as any belied with false compare", this shows that he truly loves his mistress but he will not compare her to the impossible. The reason why this poem is so rare is because unlike all his sonnets, this sonnet sounds more negative than positive. In all Shakespeare's other sonnet he illustrates his love and life with false compare, picture that can never exist. However in this sonnet Shakespeare compares his mistress to those impossible pictures and tells us that his mistress is nothing like the.