Double Vision: Anit-Poetry

Anti-poetry is an art movement that attempts to break away from the normal conventions of poetry. When talking about poetry one usually thinks of a work of writing that’s short, sweet, romantic, etc. Anti-poetry’s are far from that. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 is a perfect example of anti-poetry. This is the kind of poem that I don’t think any woman would want dedicated to her. The first quatrain states “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.” The poet does think his mistress has bright eyes, her lips are not like coral, and her hair is as ugly as wires. Poetry is usually used to lure in someone into liking you not the opposite.

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