There are three parts to this final section of the poetry project:
- Learn about the structure and rhythm of sonnets, explicate Sonnet 29, and take a sonnet quiz.
- Create your own sonnet.
- Perform/recite a sonnet.
a, Learn about the structure and rhythm of sonnets, explicate Sonnet 29, and take a sonnet quiz.
Build and explicate a Sonnet:
Some tips about sonnets:
- Each line has 10 syllables…be careful, though; it might look as though some of these lines don’t have this number of syllables, but they do!
- In this kind of sonnet, the lines rhyme in an abab cdcd efef gg pattern:
- Lines 1 and 3 rhyme
- 2 and 4
- 5 and 7
- 6 and 8
- 9 and 11
- 10 and 12
- 13 and 14 (known as a rhyming couplet)
- There is generally a full-stop (semicolon, period, an exclamation point, or a question mark) at the end of Line 8 and at the end of line 14.
Now see if you can put together the lines of Sonnet 29 by following the tips and these clues:
- Line 1 ends with a part of the body.
Line 2 uses words that mean being by oneself.
Line 4 begins with a conjunction and ends with a comma.
Line 6 uses repetition.
Line 10 contains alliteration.
Line 11 contains a simile.
- The last line uses a word meaning “royalty.”
Create your own sonnet.
Follow the sonnet requirements:
- 14 lines,
- abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme,
- 10 syllables per line,
- poetic techniques such as imagery, personification, alliteration, metaphor, simile, etc.).
In this sonnet, you can be serious, comical, and/or reflective. But, most of all, be creative and follow the sonnet requirements.
Recite a sonnet.
Memorize either a Shakespearean sonnet or the one you created and perform it to the class. You may recite this live or in a video shown in class.
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