Guides students through a detailed analysis of a Shakespearean sonnet using this well-known example, which provokes in-depth thinking about perceptions of beauty, ideal and realistic depictions, cliches and parody.
Opening questions will give students confidence with recognising sonnet technique.
Later questions focus on deeper understanding, including learning that poetic devices have a specific purpose to enhance the effect of the poem (rather than the typical 'spot the simile' tasks...)
Includes a question on tone that will elicit different views and allow for debate, with students citing evidence to persuade their peers. This question provides a means of building literary vocabulary.
Includes extension options of creative writing and/or dramatised preformance.