VCCS Litonline Introduction to Literature
English 112 (English Composition II)

Writing Assignment Suggestions for Poetry

Sonnet 130

1 My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun,

2 Coral is far more red than her lips' red.

3 If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun,

4 If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

5 I have seen roses damasked, red and white,

6 But no such roses see I in her cheeks.

7 And in some perfumes is there more delight

8 Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.

9 I love to hear her speak, yet well I know

10 That music hath a far more pleasing sound.

11 I grant I never saw a goddess go,

12 My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.

13 And yet, by Heaven, I think my love as rare

14 As any she belied with false compare.

1. Here's another sonnet, called Sonnet 130. It's usually considered fairly funny, but don't think Shakespeare is mocking his woman in this poem. If there's humor in it, the humor is for making a serious point.

Write about this sonnet, using any of the considerations you saw treated in the main menu of this lesson (the right side of the Site Map).

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2. Find a poem that you like and explain its meaning using any of the considerations from the Site Map of this lesson (background topics and instructional topics are all fair game).

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Line numbers are for ease of reference, of course, and not part of the poem.

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