The poem begins in describing a woman, his mistress to be exact. And he seems to have a disdainful outlook of the woman's beauty. On the other hand he may just be making fun of the infinite number of love poems being produced in the Shakespearian era. Many of which describes a woman with the beauty of a goddess (i.e. My mistress? eyes are like the sun and her lips as red as coral). He describes his mistress as one with eyes not like the sun, but perhaps still beautiful in their human form. Her lips not as bright red as coral is, but still some life pulses through them. Her breasts are compared to the snow not only because of their lack of sunlight, but because of the many poets who's mistresses and ladies have breasts as perfect as a goddess's. He describes her hair as being black and wiry as opposed to that of the flowing golden locks of the goddess. He writes that he has seen many roses in a variety of colors, but her cheeks contain no roses. This statement is a remark to the poets whose mistresses have cheeks like roses. Her breath is definitely not made out toreek? in our sense of the word, but only to project a normal scent that any normal person might have in those days. Which was definitely not a sweet perfume for the lack of Colgate Tarter Control. .
He writes in 9,I love to hear her speak, yet I well know that music hath a far more pleasing sound.? He is not saying that she has a wretched voice, but that is does not hold the musical chime of a goddess tone. I grant I never saw a goddess go,? clearly states his affirmation of disgust toward other writers and their ridiculous poems of beauty and delight. His mistress cannot float as a goddess can, but walks on the ground as any normal human being does. He finishes by saying that he loves her for her own beauty and not that of some made up fantasy.
In this sonnet Shakespeare uses imagery to give the reader an excellent view of his mistress.