Shakespeare's Sonnet 71: Theme & Analysis


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What type of rhyme scheme do English sonnets usually have?

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The last two lines of Sonnet 71 create a couplet. What important feeling or idea is expressed in this couplet? Re-read the couplet to decide:

'Lest the wise world should look into your moan,

And mock you with me after I am gone.'

2. What is a possible theme or main message that Shakespeare is communicating in Sonnet 71?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The printable worksheet will check your insights into the meaning of Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 71.' The quiz will evaluate what you already know, or what you've learned upon completion of the lesson. Topics covered include sonnet rhyme schemes and an analysis of the sonnet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the quiz and worksheet to evaluate your understanding on the following concepts:

  • Sonnet rhyme schemes
  • Couplets
  • Theme of 'Sonnet 71'

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure you glean the most important information from the sonnet to determine meaning
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the feeling or idea of 'Sonnet 71' in a different light
  • Defining key concepts- determine you can accurately define main terms, such as theme

Additional Learning

To learn more about this piece of literature, review the lesson called Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 71': Theme & Analysis. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Read Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 71'
  • Determine the meaning behind Shakespeare's well-known sonnet
  • Interpret tone and theme in his work