Sonnet130 by William Shakespeare My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damaskd, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go;My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare.
Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare I liked this poem because it is realistic and unusual. The author is obviously in love with the lady who is describing. But instead of saying how perfect she is, how beautiful she looks, he stands out her flaws. But in the end he loves her all the same. For me this picture represents the ideas that appear in the poem because I consider that the women in the picture are not perfect in their aspect, they are ordinary women but they seem to be happy and pleased with themselves and they are one of a kind. And this is how I imagine the woman in the poem and how her lover makes her feel. The author makes her feel unique and loved.
Sonnet 15 from Amoretti by Edmund Spenser Ye tradeful merchants, that will weary toil Do seek most precious things to make your gain; And both the Indias of their treasure spoil; What needeth you to seek so far in vain? For lo, my love doth in herself contain All this world’s riches that may far be found: If sapphires, lo, her eyes be sapphires plain; If rubies, lo, her lips be rubies sound;If pearls, her teeth be pearls, both pure and round; If ivory her forehead ivory ween; If gold, her locks are finest gold on ground; If silver, her fair hands are silver sheen: But that which is fairest is, but few behold, Her mind adorned with virtues manifold
Sonnet 15 from Amoretti by Edmund Spenser This poem is the other side of the same coin. As opposed to the previous one, in this case the author uses simile and hyperbole to describe how beautiful his lady is. This poem is more usual since there are many poems in this period that describe women as perfect. I’ve chosen a picture of a perfect princess to illustrate the lady described in the sonnet. But I’ve also included a picture of a man reciting a poem. I think that the face of the man shows how much in love he is, and I believe that Spencer was very much in love when he wrote this.
The wife of Bath (fragment) by Geoffrey Chaucer"Two choices," said she, "which one will "Then have I got of you the mastery, you try, Since I may choose and govern, in earnest?"To have me foul and old until I die, "Yes, truly, wife," said he, "I hold that best."And be to you a true and humble wife, "Kiss me," said she, "well be no longer wroth,And never anger you in all my life; For by my truth, to you I will be both;Or else to have me young and very fair That is to say, Ill be both good and fair.And take your chance with those who will repair I pray God I go mad, and so declare,Unto your house, and all because of If I be not to you as good and true me, As ever wife was since the world was new.Or in some other place, as well may be. And, save I be, at dawn, as fairly seenNow choose which you like better and As any lady, empress, or great queen reply." That is between the east and the far west,This knight considered, and did sorely Do with my life and death as you like best. sigh, Throw back the curtain and see how it is."But at the last replied as you shall hear:"My lady and my love, and wife so dear,I put myself in your wise governing;Do you choose which may be the more pleasing,And bring most honour to you, and me also.I care not which it be of these things two;
The wife of Bath (fragment) by Geoffrey Chaucer I have chosen this extract of the Wife of Bath Tale because as the previous two poems the fragment is still talking about how women look. But in this case there are differences since, first of all, it is a woman the one who is talking about appearances, and secondly there is an unexpected outcome. I think this fragment has a moral: not always what you see is what you get, and you cannot judge people by their appearances, because sometimes they may hide an internal beauty that may surprise you. To represent the idea that not always what you see is what you get I’ve chosen two different pictures. On the one hand, a very beautiful woman in front of the mirror, she may be attractive to see, but she may be awful as a person. On the other hand Susan Boyle, she surprised everyone with her stunning voice but at first nobody expected anything from her because how she looked. Finally to represent the idea of changing appearances and the fact that you cannot “judge a book by its cover” I included Princess Fiona. Although she had the chance to be gorgeous, she changed for love. And Even though some people considered her ugly, she was the perfect match for Shrek, who loved her no matter which aspect she had.
My conclusion I believe that the three poems are related and different at the same time. They are similar because the three of them talk about women’s appearance. They are different because each author has his own style and is trying to cause different effects on the reader. But all of them are taking love into account. I really enjoyed doing this activity because it gave me the chance to see the same themes from different perspectives.