The Woman of Mystery

File:Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, from C2RMF retouched.jpg

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 inspires words of lovers worldwide. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” (1) are the words that we would imagine spewing from the lips of a love struck man. This line in the tone of love creates someone who exceeds the beauty and tranquility of a summer’s day. In this love struck tone the poem continues to place this woman’s character and appearance above the natural wonders of the earth, for example on line 9 “But thy eternal summer shall not fade”.   This poem can be the ultimate metaphor describing the way a man sees a woman he loves. Or is the author mocking the woman’s need for admiration? This mocking tone gives this woman a vain character. The mystery of the author parallels the world’s famous mystery woman, The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa gives a picture to the other side of this love sonnet. Has this mystery woman sought the admiration of this eloquent lover?  This woman sits forever on her pedestal with her coy smile daring you to interpret her mind. The mystery woman captures the intrigue of men over the centuries just as the author of the sonnet captures the admiration of women. These two prominent figures in the scene of romance capture their lovers from first glance and keep hold of them through their ambiguity.


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