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An explication of approximately 500 words on "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun." This does not require outside sources, but do cite the text as your source for the poem. You are analyzing each line of the poem, noting the specific words the author uses. Why did he use those particular words? What special meaning might they have as opposed to the common meaning, or is he using them as commonly understood? What is the overall theme of the poem? What is the author trying to relate?

Remember the time period in which Shakespeare wrote. Avoid making assumptions based on the present time period.

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As you analyze each line of the poem, noting the specific words the author uses and why did he use those particular words, I offer some notes to brainstorm.

First of all, the title seems to suggest an air of the forbidden or elicit when he uses "mistress" as opposed to lovers.

Next, by heralding that her "eyes are nothing like the sun," he summons celestial bodies, like the "sun," to give romantic appeal and then refute her qualities as nonromantic, giving a playful, ironic, humorous tone. It seems like since mythology and other forms of classical texts referred to science, so he maintained that trend.

His use of such a specific color word, "Coral," ...

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"My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" is clearly assessed using textual evidence and reader response inferences in this guide.

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Like the park birds he came early
Like the water he sat down
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Running when he had heard them clearly
On out of sound

Past lake and rockery
Laughing when he shook his paper
Hunchbacked in mockery
Through the loud zoo of the willow groves
Dodging the park keeper
With his stick that picked up leaves.

And the old dog sleeper
Alone between nurses and swans
While the boys among willows
Made the tigers jump out of their eyes
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