“Trout” and “Sonnet 130”:
A Comparison of Two Poems
In “Trout” by David Marlatt and “Sonnet 130” by William Shakespeare, both describe their loves in unusual, more complex ways then what is usually written in poetry. “Trout” describes a day where the speaker swims next to his love, and explains to her that she is as beautiful as a trout. Throughout the poem, however, there seems to be a tone of admiration, and the audience cannot hellp but feel that the speaker is giving his love one of the highest praises he can possibley think of. In “Sonnet 130”, the speaker juxtaposes his love to certain elements found in poetry, such as red and white roses, goddesses, and music, and says that in comparison to these she is but average and plain. Yet, at the very last line of the poem the speaker claims that his love is “but rare”, and no one else can compare. Throughout the poem Shakespeare gives the reader a tone of realism, in that he doesn’t need to love a beautiful goddess but instead would love a plain, down to earth girl. Although “Trout” uses more imagery, both poets utilize paradox’s and allegory to convey admiration and realistic tones of the poems.
“Sonnet 130” is a peom that breaks all the rules traditional sonnets and poetry, in that Shakespeare uses negative connotations and juxtapositions when describing his love. By doing so, Shakespeare further implies that it is not the physical perfections, or having a voice as lovely as music that make up love, but rather personality and more skin-deep qualities that make up true love. The utilization of excellent diction, and the use of paradox and...