In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
A reading of Sonnet 141
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Sonnet 141 is the informal name given to William Shakespeare's 141st sonnet. The theme of the sonnet is the discrepancy between the poet's physical senses and wits (intellect) on the one hand and his heart on the other. The "five wits" that are mentioned refer to the mental faculties of common sense, imagination, judgement and memory. 
Synopsis and Analysis
Shakespeare describes a woman whose appearance does not elicit love (his eyes note a thousand errors in her appearance). Her voice is not pleasing to the ear (“Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted”); her skin not pleasing to touch (“Nor tender feeling”); and there is an unpleasant taste and smell to her (“Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited”). Yet his heart remains affectionately attached to her. As in Shakespeare's other sonnets, such as Sonnet 130, the mistress depicted in the poem is the opposite of the mistress depicted in Petrarchan sonnets.
- In the movie 10 Things I Hate About You , the main character, Kat, is assigned to write her own version of Sonnet 141.
- Greenblatt, Stephen. et al., The Norton Shakespeare , International Student Edition (London: W. W. Norton, 2012) p1994, footnotes
- Booth, Stephan. Shakespeare's Sonnets, Edited with Analytic Commentary. New Haven, 1977