What is LOVE ?

Love means something different to each person and we express it in different ways. The ways we express it now is sometimes very different from how people expressed it in Shakespeare's time. We can call, text, email and Skype with those we hold dear, but the feelings and ideas behind love hasn't changed very much at all.

Provided below is the powerpoint we viewed in class. You can use this presentation as a resource for your notes in order to make sure that what you have written down in class reflects this...

BUT it should not replace your notes completely as we add valuable things in our discussions in class that are not covered in the slides. :)

How do we interpret a sonnet?

Interpreting any type of literature can be overwhelming at first glance, but you can take it in steps.

  1. First always number the lines of the poem. There will always be 14 lines in a sonnet.
  2. Does the poem have a title? (It may not, a lot of sonnets were numbered.)
    • If it does have a title, what do you think the poem will be about based on this title?
  3. Who wrote the poem? This will give us a *hint* to what type of poem it is.
  4. Identify the rhyme scheme using letters. This will also give us a *hint* to what type of poem it is.
  5. Identify the meter. What is the rhythm & sound of the poem?
  6. Interpret the poem. Write out 1-14 on a piece of paper and write each line into your own words.

Two Forms

We learned about 2 different forms of a sonnet in class.

A. Italian Form (Petrarchan Sonnet created by Francesco Petrarch)
B. English Form (Shakespearean Sonnet created by William Shakespeare)

Italian Form: Petrarchan Sonnet

  • 14 lines total
  • 1 Octet (8 line stanza)
  • 1 Sestet (6 line stanza)
  • Rhyme Scheme can vary but is usually ABBAABBA CDECDE

English Form: Shakespearean Sonnet

  • 14 lines total
  • 3 Quatrains (4 line stanzas)
  • 1 couplet (2 line stanza)
  • Rhyme Scheme is usually ABAB CDCD EFEF GG

Sonnet Assignment

Due Wednesday March 1.
Write either the first part of a Petrarchan Sonnet (an octet) or a Shakespearean Sonnet (a quatrain).
Write about something you love, or are passionate about. It does not have to be about someone you love, but it could be about something you love to do! You can also use humor, similar to what we saw in Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare.

Due Friday March 2.
Write the entire sonnet for extra credit and turn it in on Friday March 2.
We'll add the points where you need it in your average.