Perfection and Reality

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"I love to hear her speak, yet I well know

That music hath a far more pleasing sound." (Shakespeare)


I notcied that in the sonnet, the first line of this quote is the first point that Shakespear shows some attraction towards the mistress. Although he states that music sounds better than her voice, he does admit that he loves to hear her speak. I really liked this sonnet. At first I thought it was a little weird and I wasn't sure how it was going to end. But then, when I read the last few lines, I glanced back over the sonnet again and finally understood how it all fell into place. I think what Iiked most about this sonnet is that so often readers come across poems and sonnets where the writer compared the person they cared for to objects that resembled perfection or purity. Shakespear, on the other hand, creates a real and down to earth image of the mistress. Although she may not be perfect, he loves her anyways.

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