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I definitely agree with you Jonah. The speaker essentially mocks the hype of other romantic poets who construct a "perfect image" of their lover. I like how Shakespeare constructed such a poem that appreciates flaw and imperfection, but conveys the message that this form of beauty wins the speaker's love, a love that the speaker defends as "rare" and true.

I agree with both of these posts. The overall feeling of this poem is pretty awesome. The idea that someone who is not perfect in their lover's eyes is still loved completely is a beautiful thing. We don't see that a lot in sonnets, especially from this era. It's a breath of fresh air. In fact, even in this day and age, we still don't see this sort of love in the media. We still see this 'perfection' in how our society looks at women, celebrities, and products. Unachievable perfection is an idea completely okay with Shakespeare, and it's completely okay with me too.

I agree! I loved this sonnet when we read it. I think it's one of the sweetest sonnets ever. He's saying how his mistress may not be perfect but that doesn't mean that their love isn't special and real. Nobodies perfect, and he loves all of her imperfections.

I agree. I find it interesting that the first twelve lines of the sonnet and the last two lines say almost opposite things, but they work together to create the meaning of the poem. Most sonnets, it seems, discuss how certain women have goddess-like beauty, but Shakespeare breaks from that. He only talks about this woman's flaws, not her extraordinary beauty, yet he still loves her. I like it.

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