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The Mistress

Symbol Analysis

She's definitely the star of this show. Every line refers to her, whether it's describing her appearance or her smell or the way she walks. We learn a few things about her, like the color of her hair and her skin. In general, though, she's a little more like an idea than a real person. Instead of being a fully drawn character like Hamlet or Juliet, she is mostly here to give the poet a chance to poke fun at exaggerated love poetry. We hear a lot about her, but for the most part, the information is rather vague and negative. Since all the images and symbols in this poem concern her in one way or another, we're going to put the different parts of her under the microscope, just like Shakespeare does.

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