Looking Past Beauty

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"And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any belied with false compare" (Shakespeare, Sonnet CXXX).

I love that even though Shakespeare says that his mistress' eyes don't shine as brightly as the sun, and that her lips are paler than a bright coral, and her cheeks are pale instead of rosy, he chooses to end the sonnet saying that his love is rare.  I wasn't sure what belied meant so I looked it up and it means to "give wrong impressions" or "show something to be false".  To me, I believe that Shakespeare is saying that even though his mistress may not be "beautiful" in their sense of the word, to him, she is still beautiful because love works like that.  Maybe I'm just too much a hopeless romantic but I love that the poem can say "yes, she isn't perfect or 'beautiful', but I can still love her and she is still beautiful to me".


Oh my gosh - I was just going to do the same idea for my blog. Good ol Willy - I'm glad that he looks past the outer beauty "standards" and seems to see what other qualities the girl has. Love it!

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