"From fairest creatures we desire increase"
An examination of Shakespeare sonnets can be a rewarding undertaking. Here, we look at sonnet 1 where the Bard begins his 154 sonnet journey. A reading of the work is provided on a PowerPoint but it is in the examination undertaken in the worksheets where the real investigation begins. A range of strategies is offered for individual and group work along with a set of specific questions on sonnet 1 for classroom use. Suggested answers are provided for the teacher. An appreciation of poetic technique is garnered through these associated activities that may help build a student's understanding. Connections are also made with other sonnets allowing for an insight into Shakespeare's imagery and word play which is evident throughout the sonnet series.