My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing like the Sea

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My Mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;Coral is far more red than her lips' red:

lies 1 & 2 William Shakespeare, My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing like the Sea

He compares his Mistress' eyes saying that they are  not bright and colorful like the sun

Her lips are not red. It seems as though he suggests that she is not a very attractive woman.

He doesn't seem to like anything about her appearance, or the way she smells.


I thought that too at first and then I found out that in the last line the word belied means to give the wrong impression about something.

So though I had the same thought at first after figuring that out I think that Shakespeare actually likes the girl - even though she does not measure up to the society's view of beautiful.

Good point Chelsea. This really is a love poem, but Shakespeare is mocking conventional poets who write poems that exaggerate women to the point of perfection. He loves his mistress despite the fact he knows she's not perfect. That's a reassuring thought!

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