My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun - William Shakespeare


Reading — Intermediate Level
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My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
  1. How does Shakespeare describe his mistress' lips?

  2. He describes her hair as   .

  3. Shakespeare compares her cheeks to   .

  4. His mistress has very   breath.

  5. Does he enjoy listening to his mistress?

  6. A good word to describe Shakespeare's love for his mistress is   .


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. What do you think of Shakespeare's description of the love he has for his mistress?

  2. If a poem were written about you like this one, how would you respond?

  3. Describe your ideal partner.


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