Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

By association, roses are considered beautiful, so you assume his love is beautiful as well. The speaker states, “As fair art thou, my bonnie lass” (5). By fair, she is probably a blonde and bonnie means attractive or beautiful. Lass is a girl or young woman, so she is blonde, young and beautiful. His love begins in the springtime during the month of June. The poet also compares his love to a song that is always in sync. This means that love can be pleasurable but you must put forth an effort to make it work. He tells the young lady that his love is not temporary but a love that he will have in his heart for a long time. After he professes his love to the young lady then he turns around and bids her goodbye, but he assures her it’s not final. He tells her he will return.
Shakespeare’s sonnet compares the lover to other beauties but never in her favor. Her eyes are “nothing like the sun / Coral is far more red than her lips red” (1-2). Her eyes are nothing like the shining sun and her lips are not the bright and luscious. He is not very complimentary towards his lover. Some might say that most of the comparisons are derogatory until you get to the last line. “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare / As any she belied with false compare” (13-14). By calling her rare, he means special. With false compare, he is saying they are unbelievable absurd comparisons.
By comparison, one speaks kindly of his love and the other not so kind. Both characters, in the end, profess their love. Each person is different and has their own vision of beauty and what love means to them. We have our differences but we are all a lot alike when it comes to what is important to us.

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