Coral is far more red than her lips' red."
Contemporary letters indicate that Dark Lady had certain common qualities with the mistress of Shakespeare—a ready wit, artistic attainments and a masculine boldness. She was known to Kempe, one of whose books was dedicated to her and a play upon her name has been detected in a sonnet of the second series. In reference, Sonnet 130 is the poet's pragmatic tribute to his uncomely mistress, commonly referred to as the dark lady because of her dun complexion. The Dark Lady, who ultimately betrays the poet, appears in sonnets 127 to 154. Sonnet 130 is clearly a parody of the conventional love sonnet, made popular by Petrarch and, in particular, made popular in England by Sidney's use of the Petrarchan form in his epic poem Astrophel and Stella.