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I Think My Love As Rare: Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130

This site provides a detailed analysis of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. It begins with a side-by-side overview of the text, one side in the original language, the other providing a paraphrase of each line. The next section provides more a exhaustive explanation of each portion of the poem, focusing on the various literary devices, particularly allusion, parody, symbolism and comparison. The final section includes a possible explanation to the meaning of the sonnet, including why and how it was written. Because this particular sonnet differs from the traditional Petrarchan sonnet, both its differences and similarities are expounded upon here. A description of how to cite the article is also offered.

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