A rival appears on the scene compromising the poet. At the same time, the true merit of praise is questioned. A parting of the ways between poet and lover is also happening leading to humiliation and recriminations. These ideas, the conceits Shakespeare utilizes, the poetic craft employed can all be explored and evaluated by choosing from the activities in the workbook and listening to the readings of the sonnets. A practical, hands-on approach is advocated to complement and supplement the approaches taken in class making the study of the sonnets more engaging and intriguing.