Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
The poet fears what he could say given that the lady’s eyes continue to roam to others. He seeks her pity to make his suffering more bearable. The expression, the structure of the sonnet, the meter and imagery are all components that students can explore and examine in more detail as they work through the practical activities that encourage both individual and group approaches to the text. The reading of the sonnet also provides dimension. The activities should serve to complement and supplement the approaches taken in the classroom.