Friday, February 12, 2010

Shakespearean Sonnets: Fourteen Lines O' Love


Shakespeare is, of course, most famous for writing plays but he is also pretty well-known for writing sonnets. Sonnets are fourteen-line poems written in a particular rhyme scheme. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Wow.

Today, we're going to combine our love for Valentine's Day with Shakespeare's love for sonnets. Here's what you'll all do:

-Choose two or three lines from a sonnet that you feel like you understand and/or connect with
-Write the words of those lines on candy hearts
-Shape your words into one of the letters in S-H-A-K-E-S-P-E-A-R-E (exactly how many students we have in English 12!)
-Take a picture of your poetic lines
-Write your understanding/ why you like this poem on the post-its provided to you
-Go around to others with your post-its and add to the appreciation

I'll assemble the entire S-H-A-K-E-S-P-E-A-R-E photo/poetic/post-it montage on this blog when we're all done. We'll use the sonnets your choose in later Poetry Friday activities and whilst reading The Taming of the Shrew.

Here are some links to some of Shakespeare's love sonnets:

Sonnet XL (40)

Sonnet LXV (65)

A complete list of his sonnets, with text can be found here.

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