Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
The sense of a ménage a trois emerges in this sonnet. The dark lady has ensnared the poet and also the poet’s friend – presumably the youth who was the subject of previous admiration. The workbook and reading will help students explore just how unconventional this notion is but also provide a deeper appreciation of the conceits, ideas and images employed as part of the poet’s craft. The teacher also has the benefit of an answer sheet for the questions set to challenge the students.