Saturday, November 13, 2010

Assignments for Week 2: Shakespeare's Sonnets

We did a fairly good job on the scavenger hunt. Click on the answers page to see how you did. The assignment is to write a brief biography on Shakespeare of at least one paragraph using what you learned. You will also need to read Sonnets 18 and 116 for the next lesson to become familiar with the language and meaning. has an article that gives the history of the sonnet, which can be found here.

To explore the rhythm of iambic pentameter, the Folger has a lesson plan that can be quite fun for students of any age here.

Rhyming scheme: Shakespeare's sonnets all follow the same rhyming scheme: There are three quatrains (sets of four lines), followed by a couplet. The scheme goes abab cdcd efef gg. Sonnets by other poets follow different schemes. Compare Shakespeare to Longfellow's Autumn. How does it differ?

Sonnet 18: Read Sonnet 18 - - first Shakespeare's and then the translation. What do you think Shakespeare is saying?

Sonnet 116: Do the same with Sonnet 116. What do you think Shakespeare is saying about love here?

We will be discussing the sonnets at our next class. Until then, have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Saw your post on this blog over at CCM... we are planning to do some Shakespeare after the new year! so excited that you are sharing this... thank you!

    Blessings, Jeanette