Sonnet 130. William Shakespeare. Sonnet 130. Sonnets were very popular in Elizabethan England and used to praise women. They were often over exaggerated with over the top comparisons.
Sonnets were very popular in Elizabethan England and used to praise women. They were often over exaggerated with over the top comparisons.
This sonnet is different as Shakespeare does not use hyperbole. His mistress is a real person with ordinary qualities.
Shakespeare creates a direct contrast to the more traditional sonnet.
Highlight within this sonnet the unusual qualities that Shakespeare describes of his mistress.
Re-write the images you have identified into a more traditional comparison for example, ‘My love’s eyes are like the sun’s brightest beams.’
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Consider how both poems break the conventions. Sonnet 130 breaks the conventions of Elizabethan Love poetry and Salome of gender.
How would you answer the following question:
How do Shakespeare and Salome do the unexpected?
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