This metrical analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 91 explains rhyme, meter, and poetic licenses with easy-to-follow interactive exercises that show students how to scan a poem step-by-step and how to identify iambic pentameter and 4 poetic licenses. A corresponding student analysis worksheet also includes paraphrasing and thematic comprehension activities. A scansion guide handout and classroom posters provide easy reference.
Why choose Sonnet 91? I read all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets (so you don’t have to!) and chose 6 that I thought were particularly well-suited for teen readers. Sonnet 91 is straightforward, reasonably easy to understand, and speaks passionately about comparing love to social status, wealth, and material things.
My set of 6 FREE Sonnets on Posters includes the 6 sonnets I chose for teens; download the free set here.
• INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION: formatted for large screens (50 pages, 1 clickable pdf file)
• STUDENT WORKOUT: formatted for double-sided printing (3 pages, 1 pdf file)
• SCANSION GUIDE HANDOUT (1 page, 1 pdf file)
• CLASSROOM POSTERS, each 11 x 17 (2 pages, 1 pdf file)
• KEY (4 pages, 1 pdf file)
• TEACHING NOTES (1 page, 1 pdf file)
Looking for more? You might be interested in these resources...
★ Shakespeare's Sonnet 17: An Analysis of Meter: one of the sonnets I chose for teens; it speaks passionately about being believed when singing the praises of a beloved
★ Shakespeare's Sonnet 29: An Analysis of Meter: another sonnet I chose for teens; in this poem, the speaker bemoans his life as an outcast, but thoughts of his beloved make life valuable
★ Rhyme & Meter in 5 Easy Pieces: The Essential Guide: for an in-depth look at meter, types of metrical lines, and types of metrical feet
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