Sonnet 130

For though Shakespeare is my hero
He writes as if he is right next to his mistress
He writes as though he is in sexual activity with his mistress
I love how mysterious he is
I try to emulate his style with my writing
This sonnet is a remarkable one
One in which sexuality is brought out in those times of his many romantic events
For my style is one that noone can repeat
I think he was just trying to pour out his heart to his mistress without revealing to much
Tremendous piece of work
Shakespeare i adore the way you write and i hope that one day i can remembered as you are for your love poetry
As do i write love poetry but on a more sexual stage
What do you think Shakespeare is trying to say in this sonnet?

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Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

4 thoughts on “Sonnet 130

  1. I must agree with you Mr. Whitman. This is perhaps one of Shakespare's most endearing poems. Sonnet 130 exemplifies the fact that the speaker of the poem realizes that his lover is nothing extraordinary to look at on the outside but it is what lies beneath that shines through. I feel as though yes he does want to describe how much he loves her besides telling her that she is beautiful. It is her imperfections that make her whole, thus making her far more attractive then any other beautiful woman would ever be to him. Mr. Whitman you are correct in saying that Shakespeare is a great writer. I am sure oneday you will be remembered for the type of finely written poetry that you produce.

  2. Ah, Walt Whitman. Your interest on what Shakespeare writes from sonnet 130 is what I do agree from what you said. Love can be abnormal. It doesn't have to be perfect. Not only beauty is the solution of understanding the word love. Inner beauty is also a true meaning of love. Speaking of sexual, I don't quite see anything that mentions about sexual. Unless sonnet 130 would compare the lover's body parts with the beauty. However, the way Shakespeare compares his mistress, does explain how much he loves his wife no matter how awful she would look compare to the numbers of beauty he know.

  3. Very true Mr. Whitman, it is perceptive to note Shakespeare's resilience against exposing too much of himself in the sonnet. Shakespeare appears to have tremendous influence but I would like to say that you influence me as well. In particular Im captured by the rhythm you use in your prose. As my career as a writer progresses I've become infatuated with stretching the english and celtic languages into new and inventive rhythms.

  4. Dear Mr.Whitman,I have been doing some reading on Sonnet 130 and a interesting side “that in Shakespearean English, the word “belied” can mean to be both falsely represented and sexually mounted. In other words, the narrator might well be accusing all those other romantic love poems of using flattery to get their addressees in bed. Which is pretty ironic coming from – what else! – A romantic love poem”

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