Sonnet Comparison Essay

469 words - 2 pages

There are infinite ways of describing love and everyone has a unique way of expressing it. “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 130” by William Shakespeare have similar subject, but their messages are displayed in very different ways. “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 130” are two of the finest poem written by William Shakespeare, in which he uses imagery, tone, and formalistic approach
Shakespeare creates imagery throughout both sonnets using his analogies. In “Sonnet 18” Shakespeare uses a high percentage metaphors, comparing his lover to a summer’s day. He uses his analogy to describe the flawlessness of his lover and the limitations of a summer’s day. “thou art more lovely and more ….. hath all too short a date.” (Lines 2-4) In “Sonnet 130” Shakespeare uses an extended amount of analogies describing his mistress’ imperfections, rather than her beauty. “if hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.” (Line 4) The use of imagery in both poems is also similar because they both refer to nature. In “Sonnet 18” Shakespeare talks about “darling buds of May” (Line 3) and in “Sonnet 130” he says “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” (Line 1).
The uses of tone by Shakespeare in both sonnets are at opposite ends. When “Sonnet 18” is read there is exaggeration, but there is an overall tone of romance and love. “thou art more lovely and more ….. hath all too...

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