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My Ugly Love Essay

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Pablo Neruda’s “My ugly love” and William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130” are commonly well-known to describe beauty in a way hardly anyone would write: through the truth. It’s a popular fact that many modern-day poets compose poems that make love seem perfect and use phrases that often costume the truth by masking true beauty with words. Yet, Shakespeare and Neruda, both sincere people, chose to write about what love really is, it matters more what’s on the inside than what is found on the outside. The theme of true beauty and love are found through Shakespeare and Neruda’s uses of reflection of imagery, uses of organized structure, and uses of sensory devices to describe the meaning of beauty ...view middle of the document...

” Although Shakespeare provides a harsher truth to real beauty than Neruda does, he is giving a heartfelt statement describing the way he loves his partner for all her imperfections through the use of negative imagery. In conclusion, both poets convey the true meaning behind love and beauty by utilizing the contrast of negative and positive imagery.

Secondly, Sonnet 130 and “My Ugly Love,” each contain a specific organized structure that expresses the poems’ messages. To start off, Neruda’s sonnet involves a volley between the ugly and beauty inside quatrains and tercets. Throughout the poem the switch of phrases where ugly is concerned, is followed by lines of beauty. One notable example is: “Ugly: not even the sea contains things like your toenails./ Beauty: flower by flower, star by star, wave by wave,/ Love, I've made an inventory of your body.” In contrast, the formation of Shakespeare’s poem is written as one large sonnet that makes readers wait until the end to hear the revealed truth on love. The poem is also deliberately organized in a sonnet format, with fourteen lines to illustrate a large negative theme. In effort, the end of the sonnet is indented to demonstrate a significance in the last couplet and states: “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare/ As any she belied with false compare.” William Shakespeare changed his original format, so that it was much easier to figure out the purpose of the intention of the poem which he explained in the last two lines. Finally, the poems can relate to each other in structure by the way they reveal their love at the end by whether it’s the indentation for the couplet in Shakespeare’s sonnet, or Neruda’s last tercet in his poem. In explanation, each poem ultimately states true beauty is further than skin deep in the conclusion of each piece. Due to the way each is structured, this helps build intensity and leaves a point for readers to recognize the transition in the final parts of the writings that communicate the feelings of sincerity in love.

Thirdly, the sense devices used give an understanding, about Shakespeare and Neruda’s perceptions of beauty, which become evident by their...

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