Ch 2: Shakespearean Sonnets Study Guide

About This Chapter

The Shakespearean Sonnets chapter of this Shakespeare Study Guide course is the simplest way to master Shakespearean sonnets. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of Shakespearean sonnets.

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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Shakespearean sonnets chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Shakespearean sonnets unit of a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The structure of Shakespearean sonnets
  • Methods of reading and interpreting the sonnets
  • Shakespeare's use of imagery in Sonnet 18
  • The somber tone and theme of Sonnet 71
  • Analysis of the form and theme of Sonnet 73
  • Shakespeare's inspiration for Sonnet 79
  • The theme of unconditional love in Sonnet 116
  • Shakespeare's use of literary devices in Sonnet 130

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Shakespearean Sonnets Study Guide
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Shakespearean Sonnet: Form, Structure & Characteristics

1. Shakespearean Sonnet: Form, Structure & Characteristics

Investigate the inner workings of the Shakespearean sonnet in this lesson. Learn about its origins, its structure and its unique poetic power. Break down a Shakespearean sonnet by analyzing rhyme, meter and thematic elements.

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

2. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems

In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis

3. Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will analyze Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, where he compares his love to a summer's day. Shakespeare's use of imagery and figurative language creates vivid pictures for the reader.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 116: Summary, Analysis & Interpretation

4. Shakespeare's Sonnet 116: Summary, Analysis & Interpretation

In this lesson, we explore Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, one of the bard's most heartfelt portrayals of true love. The love Shakespeare describes does not change no matter what difficulties and storms work against it.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

5. Shakespeare's Sonnet 130: Summary, Tone & Literary Devices

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 seems like a spoof! Instead of praising his lover, the speaker appears to insult her! In this lesson, we will analyze this unusual strategy Shakespeare uses to describe the woman he loves.

English Sonnet: Definition, Rhyme Scheme, Structure & Examples

6. English Sonnet: Definition, Rhyme Scheme, Structure & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the most common forms of poetry, the sonnet. In particular, you'll learn the requirements for the kind of sonnet that William Shakespeare made famous, the English sonnet, and you'll have a chance to test your understanding with a quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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