THE MEANING OF “MY MISTRESS’ EYES ARE NOTHING LIKE THE SUN” BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Makna “My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” Karya William Shakespeare)

Besse Darmawati


Dynamic Structuralism is a concept of the poem analysis to get its meaning comprehensively. This study aims to describe the elements construction of the datum and the meaning of it based on the dynamic structuralism. This study applies qualitative descriptive method through dynamic structuralism approach. The datum is a poem of “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare, adapted from the book of “Sound and Sense” published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1969. Based on analysis, it’s found that the poem is a sadness involving the author of “I” and mandates: (1) true love is actually a love built by the trust; (2) the trust in love is purety and cannot be lost until the end of life; and (3) the beautiful memory is the most difficult one to be forgotten.  Sadness is the object which actually shows the reality of human life in the world. As a whole, the poem describes a doubtfulness for the changes of the author’s mistress drastically at last because has passed away, but still left a peaceful memory from love and trust. The both are everlasting, never die, and always alive.


Poetry; dynamic structuralism; meaning

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