My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;.

Coral is far more red than her lips' red;.

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;.

If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,.

But no such roses see I in her cheeks;.

And in some perfumes is there more delight.

Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.

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

That music hath a far more pleasing sound;.

I grant I never saw a goddess go;.

My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:.

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare.

As any she belied with false compare.

In Shakespeare's Sonnet number one-hundred and thirty he makes fun of the typical love poem. Even when Shakespeare wrote these Sonnets the metaphors used in love poems were considered clichA(C), as they still are today, but they were an accepted way to express feelings in love poems. In sonnet one-hundred and thirty the poet writes that his mistress' eyes are not like the sun, coral is much more red then her lips, compared to white snow her breasts are dun-colored, her hair looks like black wires, her cheeks are not rosy as flowers, her breath reeks compared to perfume, her voice is not as beautiful as music, and although he has never seen a goddess walk, his mistress probably does not walk like one. In sonnet number one hundred and thirty-one the poet explains that his mistress is not as beautiful as any poetic clichA(C), but she is beautiful in her own way and he loves her.

Those metaphors are used in many poems to express the beauty of a woman and the love a poet has for one. But Shakespeare decided to joke about these metaphors and explain that a woman really does not have those qualities. These metaphors compare a woman's beauty to nature, and when taken literally they are completely ridiculous. Shakespeare is right when he tells the truth and explains that his mistress is not all of those silly things.