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William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

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My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)

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;
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  • Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (7/3/2007 3:59:00 AM)

    What an equivocal description of, yes, a true unpredicted...mistress as he refers to! ! I was wrong, there are more captains and queens who make us dream and educate with their emotions.... (Report) Reply

  • Katie Berry (7/3/2006 2:55:00 PM)

    I studied this poem at school, and loved it! It's the way shakespeare doesn't make his mistress sound perfect the way some poets did in this time. He knows her flaws, and finds beauty in them. So then she is perfect in an imperfect kind of way if you know what I mean.

    Best wishes,

    ~*~ (Report) Reply

  • Lucy Miller (4/22/2006 2:42:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I think, after all the obvious things that have already been said, that he is almost mocking the cliched way people describe love. He does see his mistress as perfect, because he knows that myths about lips being the colour of coral etc aren't ever true. It's one of the literature poems I have to study for my exams, and this website and looking at other peoples' opinions have helped give me lots of new ideas.
    Lucy. (Report) Reply

  • Jim Jensen (7/5/2005 9:18:00 AM)

    I very much liked this poem as it was subtle and thought provoking. Shakespeare's mistress is far from perfect, as we see in his description of her eyes, lips, breast, voice and breath. In essense, there is nothing outstanding physically about this person - except for the fact that he loves her. He realizes that she is imperfect, yet absolutely perfect at the same time. She treads on the ground, but is nonetheless an angel. It is truly a case where the 'whole is greater than the sum of the parts.' (Report) Reply

  • Cleopatra Mahlalela (2/28/2005 3:39:00 AM)

    the poem is an excellent poem, it regenerates one's mind and gives one the full view of how william saw his mistress. his choice of words go beyond his love for his mistress. he use words in such a way that he doesn't try to please her by lying, as he says...her eyes are nothing like the sun. (Report) Reply

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