A sense of mortality begins to pervade this set of ten sonnets. Whilst sonnet 61 harks back to the sense of separation explored earlier, what follows is a series of reflections on the inevitability of death and the fading of not just tangible things such as brass and stone and cathedrals and states but also the passing of beauty. The attached workbook with its practical activities encourages students to explore the structure, imagery, rhyme and meter - the elements of Shakespeare's craft - to gain a better understanding of the issues, concepts and conceits in the poems. The readings on the PowerPoint also assist in providing perspective. Teachers and tutors have an opportunity to select tasks that will both complement and supplement the approaches taken in class.