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My Mistress' Eyes

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Micah Evangelista
My Mistress’ Eyes

In the sonnet, My Mistress’ Eyes, the speaker partakes a blunt, mocking tone, to describe his mistress. He uses truths in order to convey that his feeling of true love is real. The speaker recognizes the average beauty of his mistress, and uses love metaphors against themselves.
For instance, the speaker is blunt when addressing the eyes of his mistress, claiming they are nothing like the sun. (Line 1) He goes on in a straight-forward manner, saying her lips are not red, breasts are a grayish shade, hair is wires, cheeks are pale, smells horrible, breath reeks, sounds annoying, stops on the ground, etc. (Lines 2-12)
The speaker seems to have a mocking tone towards other poets who use unrealistic things to describe their true love. He is trying to prove that a woman doesn’t need to look like a goddess, in order to be loved and be beautiful. The speaker provides evidence that shows a person does not have to define the one he loves in unearthly measures to prove his “extravagant love”; going back to lines 2-12 with the truthful portrayal of his mistress. He did not describe her in regular love poetry words, but rather in insulting and factual words. Basically, the speaker is calling things out as he sees it. Just like the speaker’s blunt and honest description for his mistress, his love is pure.
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The speaker reveals that he loves his mistress as herself in the last couplet. He understands that no one is perfect. Even though the mistress is not the most attractive person in the world, his love still cannot compare. “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare.” (Line 13-14) The speaker truly does have a deep love for his mistress, despite all her…...

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