O truant Muse what shall be thy amends
The mythical powers charged with inspiring poets have been challenged and found wanting. Even the poet’s limited art in praising the subject is seen as better elevating the poet to mythical status. How Shakespeare orchestrated this change of status can be explored through the activities in the workbook and by listening to the reading. There are very practical ways that the poet’s craft can be analyzed so his use of rhyme, meter and imagery can be appreciated.