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Shakespeare’s sonnets
are timeless works of eloquence that have enchanted readers for
centuries.Assignment: Annotate the attached 3 sonnets paying
close attention to both the physical and thematic structure in addition
to the overall meaning of the poems. Continue
to Clarify, Question/Evaluate. and Draw conclusions. Copy and paste each sonnet and annotate on the SAME document. Answer the following questions after EACH sonnet.1. What is the topic of the sonnet2. What is the speaker’s problem or issue3. What is the opinion or shift that occurs in stanza 3?4. What outcome occurs in the couplet?5. What are the chief poetic devices used to bring about meaning in the poem?
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Sonnet XVIII
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
1. What is the topic of the sonnet
2. What is the speaker’s problem or issue
3. What is the opinion or shift that occurs in stanza 3?
4. What outcome occurs in the couplet?
5. What are the chief poetic devices used to bring about meaning in the poem?
Sonnet CXXX
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
1. What is the topic of the sonnet
2. What is the speaker’s problem or issue
3. What is the opinion or shift that occurs in stanza 3?
4. What outcome occurs in the couplet?
5. What are the chief poetic devices used to bring about meaning in the poem?
Sonnet CXVI
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
1. What is the topic of the sonnet
2. What is the speaker’s problem or issue
3. What is the opinion or shift that occurs in stanza 3?
4. What outcome occurs in the couplet?
5. What are the chief poetic devices used to bring about meaning in the poem?

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