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Shakespearean Sonnets

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Kathy Yan

on 24 February 2014

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Transcript of Shakespearean Sonnets

Shakespearean Sonnets
What is a sonnet?
A sonnet presents the reader with two related but differing ideas in order to communicate a point.

volta: dramatic turning point in thought or emotion
Petrarch's Sonnet
- fourteen lines, nine to twelve syllables each

- first eight lines rhymed in a-b-b-a-a-b-b-a pattern and the last six lines can be rhymed six different ways

- volta occurs at the beginning of sestet

Shakespearean Sonnets
- fourteen lines in iambic pentameter

- rhymed in an a-b-a-b-c-d-c-d-e-f-e-f-g-g pattern, or three quatrains followed by a rhyming couplet

- volta occurs at beginning of rhyming couplet

Themes and Literary Devices
- common themes: love, the briefness of life/beauty, and desire

- common literary devices used: personification, extended metaphors, and alliteration
Origin of the English

- first written in
- Earl of Surrey changes the form
(Italian Sonnet)
[Enter] CHORUS.


1 Two households, both alike in dignity,

2 In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

3 From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

4 Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

The first quatrain (four lines) the characters, setting, conflict, and explanation of what is going on is introduced
5 From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

6 A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;

7 Whose misadventured piteous overthrows

8 Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The second quatrain explains the solution, the type of the play and the plot.

9 The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

10 And the continuance of their parents' rage,

11 Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,

12 Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;

13 The which if you with patient ears attend,

14 What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
play cannot be
performed in 2 hours
Mistakes? Fixed!
Analyzing a Sonnet

The third quatrain explain how the couple will die and that their deaths will end the feud.
Third Quatrain and Couplet
Second Quatrain
First Quatrain

Songes and Sonnetes
Shakespeare makes it famous
by: Kathy Yan and Jessica Wu
Rhyme Scheme
Alternate Rhyme
Main points
Montague and Capulets
Works Cited
"Basic Sonnet Forms." Basic Sonnet Forms. N.p., 20 Jan. 1997. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.
Mabillard, Amanda. "Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnets and Paraphrase in Modern English." Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnets and Paraphrase in Modern English. N.p., 1999. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.
Weller, Philip. "Romeo and Juliet Navigator: Sonnets." Romeo and Juliet Navigator: Sonnets. N.p., N.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.
---. "Romeo and Juliet Navigator: Summary of the Prologue." Romeo and Juliet Navigator: Summary of the Prologue. N.p., N.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.

"Sonnet: Examples." Sonnet: Examples. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2014.
"Sonnet: Examples." Sonnet: Examples. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2014.
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