Day 4

Shakespeare's Sonnets Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the speaker's attitude towards the young man? Do you think he is in love with him?

    Students should talk about different kinds of love, and discuss the contradictions of the sonnets to the young man. While the speaker does profess deep admiration for the man and gives him many compliements, he constantly pressures him to seek out a wife and family. How do the students think Elizabethan social norms may have affected this? Some students may think the content of the sonnets is subliminally sexual; others may think it is a mode of expressing deep admiration.

  2. 2

    Why do you think these sonnets are so obsessed with the young man having children?


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