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Introduction to Shakespeare & The Sonnets . April Marshall. Shakespeare's life. Born in April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England Died in 1616 Father: John Shakespeare Mother: Mary Arden Attended a grammar school in Stratford where he learned Latin and Classical Greek.

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Introduction to shakespeare the sonnets

Introduction to Shakespeare & The Sonnets

April Marshall


Shakespeare s life

Shakespeare's life

Born in April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Died in 1616

Father: John Shakespeare

Mother: Mary Arden

Attended a grammar school in Stratford where he learned Latin and Classical Greek


Shakespeare s life1

Shakespeare’s life

Married with 3 kids

Moved to London around 1588

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later called The Kings Men)

Invested in building The Globe Theater in 1599

Began writing the Sonnets in late 1590’s


Shakespeare s language

Shakespeare's language

Shakespeare wrote in Elizabethan English – which we know as Early Modern English

Accessible language to all classes of society

Shakespeare invented/introduced about 32,000 written words to the English language

5,000 of which we still use today.

PHRASES COINED BY SHAKESPEARE:

“Bear a charmed life” “Be-all and the end-all”

“Come what may”

“All's well that ends well” “As good luck would have it”

“Dead as a doornail”

“Every dog will have his day”

“Give the devil his due”


The sonnets

The Sonnets

A sonnet is a type of poetry invented in Italy

Uses 14 lines & Rhyme Scheme

Shakespearian sonnets derive from Petrarchan sonnets

Shakespearian sonnets use 3 quatrains and a couplet

Quatrains set up a theme

Couplet develops/answers/explains it

Lines written in Iambic Pentameter

Iamb = unstressed / stressed (heartbeat: da DUM)

Pentameter = 5 iambic feet:

(da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM)


The sonnets1

The SONNETS

First sonnet was published in 1609

At least 154 were written, total

Contrast to Petrarchan Sonnets

First 126 sonnets written to a very good looking, very intelligent man

Love and admiration or sexual passion?

Last 25 sonnets written to a mysterious “dark lady”

Secret mistress or prostitute?


Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come:

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Sonnet 116


Introduction to shakespeare the sonnets

YouTube - ShakespearesSonette: Sonnet 29

Sonnet 29: (Pride and Prejudice)

Sonnet 116: Blue

Choose a sonnet

Annotate sonnet

Dramatize sonnet visually

Present to Class


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