Compare and Contrast My Mistress

Compare and Contrast: "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun" & "She Walks In Beauty" Time has seen an infinite amount of beauty in its long existence. Nature has produced so many wonderful scenes and objects that we cannot collect it all even in one life. We ourselves are keepers of such beauty and intrigue that poets and other writers have captured our essence in prose. Whether it's beauty that is skin deep or the beauty of a face that makes you look twice, what attracts us is not always what attracts your neighbor. Shakespeare's, "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun," and Lord Byron's, "She Walks in Beauty," are the epitome of what men and women long for. Although different in their interpretations of beauty, they hold true to the meaning of beauty, and the meaning of love. In Shakespeare's "My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing like the Sun," beauty is definitely only skin deep. Shakespeare's description of his love is an abomination to the quintessential woman every m!
an lusts for. He describes her as having, "black wires grow on her head" (Mistress line 4), instead of the beautiful, long black hair that most men would die for. Shakespeare also states, "I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath far a more pleasing sound" (Mistress line 9-10). The subject in this sonnet is well beyond grotesque, and her voice is to be thought as a plague on the ears. However, what she has to say to him and the way she say's, "I Love You" is like music in Shakespeare's ears and his heart. No matter how unattractive she is to him or to anyone else, only he knows her true beauty, and that lies deep inside her. Beauty is not just a word, nor is it just an appearance to Shakespeare in this sonnet. Beauty is something that has already been achieved by someone who is looking desperately to find it – that …

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