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Sonnet 130

Sonnet 130

Her Hair

Symbol Analysis

Another major cliché about women's beauty is that their hair should be silky smooth and shiny. Shakespeare turn this assumption on its head in a big way in this poem. Readers in Shakespeare's time would have recognized all these worn-out comparisons as allusions to images in other love poems. Famous examples of traditional love sonnets include the poems of Petrarch, an Italian poet from the 14th century.

  • Line 4: We think this image of hair as black wires sprouting out of her head is meant to gross you out a little bit. Sounds like a creepy doll, like Shakespeare meets the Bride of Chucky.

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