The Presentation of Women in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and Griffin’s
What attitude do their presentations of women reflect? Discuss in detail how the poets’ choice & use of language influences your reading of poems.
It is evident in both Griffin’s poem and Shakespeare’s poem that their love for their beloved is matchless; however the presentations and the personal interpretations of the two poets give a totally different message to its readers. It is often in Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 that we realize he ridicules his mistress and praises her in a way that misleads its readers to believe that Shakespeare doesn’t love her.
Whereas, in Griffin’s Sonnet 39, he puts his lady as the central motive of the poem and this is
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He makes use of many metaphors; however, none of them are in favor to his lover. Along the lines of the poems, the poet creates questions regarding the features of the mistress. For example, he says “if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun,” (line 3) he asks himself if snow is white, then how come his mistress has a brown complexion. He is honest in answering every question he asks himself, for example, “if hairs be wires” then therefore it cannot be gold and he have seen roses “damask’d” but never seen roses blooming from his mistress’s cheeks. Shakespeare is very strong and definite when speaking and stating the truths of his mistress. It is also because of his decisive characteristic that makes the mistress real in nature. Shakespeare deliberately makes use of these metaphors to tell its readers that his mistress is very typical and before he switches subject and begins the sestet part of the poem, he emphasized that even perfumes has a sweeter aroma compared to her breath (line 8). In line three of the sonnet, readers see the words “If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.” Many of us may be misinterpret the word “wire” (in line 4) as modern industrial wires that exist today. However, this is Shakespeare’s unique way of presenting his mistress to us. In the Renaissance period, the word “wire” isn’t the wires we know today; whereas it would refer to spun golden threads woven into hair. This is a significant as we can see a