This is my response to Shakespeare’s "Sonnet 130" and what I think it is about.
Sonnet #130 by Shakespeare is awesome. I love that he finally writes an anti-blazon. Most of what I’d previously read by him has been all lovey-dovey but not in any sort of a factual way. I love that this poem takes all the lies that people say, that they think are cute illusions to describe females, and says that none of them are really true about the girl he is writing about. Some people read this as him insulting the girl but really he is just saying that he loves the girl for who she is, and doesn’t have false illusions of her appearance. I love the reality of it. A lot of people fall in love with lies and misrepresentations of the people that they are seeing. The speaker has no such delusions. He sees everything that is wrong with his mistress and still loves her anyway.
People nowadays like having lines to help them to woo the opposite sex and a lot of the blazon type poetry is what people would say in order to obtain that goal of sexual triumph. They would not necessarily say it in poetry form, but they would use at least the ideas of comparing their lover or the object of their desire to something beautiful, even if wasn’t reality. The idea in these types of compliments is purely to get the female to spread their legs because really, what else are these lines good for, if even that?
The anti-blazon is based in reality. I can’t imagine that Shakespeare wrote many of these as most people do not normally want to hear about reality. People like fairy tales. They like princesses and dragons, and knights on white horses. Though people have to live in reality, they do not want to imagine reality in love or in poetry. They want to bring the idea of fairytale love to poetry.
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