Pity, flirtatiousness, frustration and outward appearances are all issues challenged by the poet in this series of sonnets. There are also some very unusual pieces where form and substance are challenged. The regular iambic pentameter is challenged in one work while romance is overtaken by spiritual concerns in another. The readings of the sonnets provide a perspective that reading alone may miss while the practical activities in the workbook allow students to explore, individually or in groups, the form, meter and meaning of the sonnet. There are creative activities as well as a set of questions for each sonnet to challenge the students. These questions are accompanied by teacher notes.