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Ali Mueller Mueller 1Erin SagersonEnglish 130224 March, 2019Poetry Comparisons: William Shakespeare's “Shall I Compare thee to a summer's day” and “Mymistress eyes are nothing like the sun”Shakespeare is known for all of his romantic sonnets, but Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130 haveconflicting messages. In Shakespeare's “My Mistress eyes are nothing like the sun” Shakespeare critiques the imperfections of his beloved while still showing he has an overwhelming amount oflove for her by comparing her to beautiful things. On the Contrary in “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day,” Shakespeare writes about all the perfections of his beloved as he compares her tomany other beautiful things. Ultimately though these two poems have similarities in theme but contrast in tone and the way love is portrayed.A major theme in both poems is the speaker comparing a beloved to beautiful things. In “My Mistress eyes are nothing like the sun, ” the speaker compares his “beloved” to many beautiful things, but his beloved never wins any of these comparisons. The poem takes a satiricalview on love poems. Love poems were common in Shakespeare's day and age, but it was uncommon to see a poem that mocked love poems. In lines 9 through 10 of Sonnet 130, the speaker says “I love to hear her speak/ yet well I know that music hath a far more pleasing sound,” (9-10). This would not be something you say about a lover. In that case it is not normal

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