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So many poems are about beauty. Even in the Renaissance, writing about beauty was beating a dead horse. But even though beauty is a common subject, Shakespeare manages to defamiliarize it by using ancient authors to give the poem authority and a unique perspective. Rather than using the poem to immortalize beauty or compare it, like in other poems, Shakespeare combines the collective power of ancient poets to describe beauty he’s incapable doing justice to. He then says that he, the author, is incapable to capture such beauty, but by using the ancient writers he is able to create a timeless tribute to his subject. This makes Shakespeare seem both humble and a master poet.