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Hey everyone!


I'm an English Literature student and right now I have to write an essay comparing Sonnet 27 with Sonnet 130. So far, I've got two major differences, and one similarity (that they are both parodies). But I need another similarity please. The only thing I can come up with is the really obvious ones, which aren't what my tutor wants. (I'm thinking about iambic pentameter, sonnet structure, and that they're love poems).


I also read somewhere (outside of college stuff) that the first so many sonnets (including 27) were addressed to a man.


Outside of those points, I'd just like to hear what other people think of the sonnets in general.


Thanks for reading!

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Sonnet 130, which I adore, says it all really in the very last line:


[As] any she belied with false compare.


i.e. no woman's eyes are like the sun, hair is not like spun gold, and so on and so on. I think Shakespeare here is complaining about the prevalence of "bad" love poetry that makes "false compare" between the object of love and other things. He is mocking the fatuousness of such poetry. That he loves the woman he does is shown, I feel, more clearly in that "And yet, by heaven I think my love as rare". It's interesting to take each line and consider how true Shakespeare writes about coral, roses, perfume and music and then trying to compare them to anything about a human being. :)


Sonnet 27 I hadn't read before tonight, but to me it illustrates the pleasure and pain of love, especially new love; that when you're not with the new adored one, they fill your waking and what should be the sleeping hours.


And the sonnets you spoke of I believe were "dedicated to" rather than "addressed to" although I'm admittedly hazy on the conventions of the time. Apart from the first 17 (as collected by Thomas Thorpe) which all exhort a young man to marry.


I've no idea how useful my personal thoughts might be, but thought I'd share. xx

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Shakespeares sonnets are beautiful, I like all poem.the shakespeares sonnet -18


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date: 
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st; 
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. 

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Wow, and Shakespeare is not the first - nor the last - to idealise love.  all the Elizabethans did it as a matter of course (not always as well as The Bard, of course).  For a counter-balance, try John Donne, a Jacobean rather than an Elizabethan of course.

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