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1 { Shakespeare’s Not So Bad! “Sonnet 18” Kate Hendrix Warren East High School English II

2  A piece of paper  A pen or pencil  A dictionary or dictionary.com on your phone You’ll need…

3  Think about a typical love poem or song. What are some of the images and comparisons that the poet/songwriter uses to describe his/her love? List the details of that sense in a chart that looks like the one below. Fill in the chart with details that appeal to the different senses. Prereading SenseDetails Sight Touch (keep it clean) Taste Smell Hearing

4  Write a general statement about the overall feeling created by a perfect summer day.  Now think of a person you care about. How are this perfect summer day and this person alike? How are they different? (Remember…think FIGURATIVELY…) PreReading

5 { READ THE POEM ALOUD “Sonnet 18” Analysis

6 1Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 2Thou art more lovely and more temperate: 3Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, 4And summer's lease hath all too short a date: 5 5Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, 6And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; 7And every fair from fair sometime declines, 8By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; 9 9But thy eternal summer shall not fade 10Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; 11 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, 12When in eternal lines to time thou growest: 13 13So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, 14So long lives this and this gives life to thee. Sonnet 18

7  What season of the year is dealt with in this sonnet?  The quatrain contains an analogy that compares ______________ to ___________.  Based on images from your prereading chart, explain why this is an effective comparison in a complete sentence.  What is the denotation of temperate in line 2? How is this word appropriate to describe both a day in summer and a person?  What is the denotation of darling (line 3) in this context?  Explain the metaphor in line 4, “summer’s lease”  Paraphrase the first quatrain. Quatrain 1 1 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 2Thou art more lovely and more temperate: 3Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, 4And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

8  In line 5, what is “the eye of heaven”?  What is the antecedent of the pronoun his in line 6?  How could “the eye of heaven” be dimmed?  How is the sun further personified in line 6?  Explain two possible meanings of the word fair in line 7.  For each meaning you identified, explain how something that is fair might “decline.”  Paraphrase the second quatrain. Quatrain 2 5 Quatrain 2 5Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, 6And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; 7And every fair from fair sometime declines, 8By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

9  What word signals a shift in the poem?  What word in line 1 is directly related to the word thy in line 9?  The speaker states that “thy eternal summer shall not fade.” Explain this metaphor.  How is Death personified in line 11?  Explain the Biblical allusion in line 11.  What are the possible meanings for the word lines in line 12? Which meaning is most relevant? Explain.  Paraphrase the 3 rd quatrain. Quatrain 3 9 Quatrain 3 9But thy eternal summer shall not fade 10Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; 11 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, 12When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

10  Paraphrase the final couplet.  What does the final couplet reveal about the power of a literary work? Final Couplet 13 Final Couplet 13So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, 14So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

11 { The theme of a work, in this case a poem, is its implied view of life and human nature. It is the generalization about life at large that the piece leads the reader to see. Theme

12  In ________________(title), William Shakespeare _____________________ (reveals, explores, illustrates, shows, etc.) _______________________ (key aspect of the theme) and how it __________________________ (What does it show us on a universal level?). Fill in the above statement for theme.


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