Sonnets: Definition & Examples


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How do Shakespearean and Petrarchan sonnets differ?

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1. Italian sonnets are named after _____, while English sonnets are named after _____.


The line below from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is an example of what popular sonnet theme?

Shall I compare thee for a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sonnets are a form of poetry, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of them. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the characteristics and types of sonnets.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Another name for the Italian sonnet
  • A common theme for sonnets
  • An alternate name for the English sonnet

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about sonnets
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as English and Italian sonnets
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a typical theme used in sonnets

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of poetry, review the accompanying lesson called Sonnets: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of sonnet
  • Understand the form of the sonnet
  • Know important works and authors
  • Differentiate between types of sonnets