Day 2

Shakespeare's Sonnets Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    In Sonnet 64, what is Shakespeare afraid of?

    Some students may say simply that he is afraid of time, but push the conversation further—why would he fear time? Students should discuss whether Shakespeare is actually afraid of the inevitability of death, and thus the inevitable loss of everything he loves. Also discuss why he might choose to write a poem, to create art, about this subject.

  2. 2

    How do Sonnet 60 and 65 combat the fear of death and time?

    Discuss Shakespeare's insistence that his "ink will still shine bright" after death has felled both youth and love. Is this conceited, or is it a normal human reaction to thoughts of death? Students should...

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