Compare and contrast Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and Liz Lochhead’s ‘I wouldn’t thank you for a valentine”

The conventional love poem exaggerates their lover’s beauty to express their love; however Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and Liz Lochhead’s “I wouldn’t thank you for a valentine” are poems which do not abide by the love poem criteria. They are the antithesis of typical romance poems; Shakespeare goes in great detail to explain that his love is not as perfect as the beauty of nature as Petrarch, a love poet at the time, compares his love to all the extensive beauty of nature. Similarly Lochhead prefers to be told that her lover is in complete love with her rather than him indulging in buying typical valentine gifts and sweets. The poems have basically the same meaning which is to make sincere declarations of true love to their lover. During the 20th century a well acknowledged poet by the name of Petrarch began writing poems which had sent a revolution through the 20th century. In his poems he compared his wife to extreme beauty of nature and things which were abnormal such as angels. Shakespeare, who was against this type of terminology, wrote a sonnet which was the contrary to Petrarch. In his sonnet, he gave an example of an expression used by Petrarch, and then he compared it to his own mistress and said that his mistress was nothing as extraordinary as the beauty of nature that Petrarch but said he loved her even so. Another poet who was infuriated by the fact that men fooled their wives into believing that they loved them so much was Liz Lochhead. In her poem she explains how uninterested the commercial Valentine’s Day has become. She uses extreme words to portray how much she hates the typical Valentine gifts and tedious cards. Says uses the idea of a statement that is said and then says how drearily she react if it was said to her. She showed no care about expressing her thoughts and sounded like the Valentine’s Day was wrong in all its attributes.

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