Drawing Shakespeare’s Sonnets

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Lesson Introduction: 

These two sonnets are a great lesson in the use of metaphor, personification, and paradox—Shakespeare loves to play with figures of speech. In this exercise, students will learn about the structure of a sonnet; how to isolate imagery; how to use drawings to learn about the meaning of metaphors; and how to pay attention to other figures of speech, like personification and paradox, in order to understand the meaning of the poems.

Learning Objectives: 

In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:

  • Learn about how a sonnet is made.
  • Find metaphor, personification, and paradox in the poem.
  • Draw metaphors to understand the meaning of the sonnet.
Materials and Resources: 

To teach this lesson, you will need:

Sonnet XV: When I consider everything that grows

Sonnet CXVI: Let me not to the marriage of true minds

  • pencils and paper for drawing


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