The Sonnet

Learning Objectives

1. develop the ability to analyse literary and language devices;
2. learn about the origins and development of the sonnet;
3. highlight the characteristics of a sonnet as for metre, rhyme scheme and organizing structure;
4. develop the ability to distinguish a sonnet from other poetic forms;
5. understand the differences between Italian and English sonnets;
6. appreciate the peculiarities of "anti-petrarchan" sonnets


Procedure



1. illustrate the characteristics of a sonnet and explain when, where and how it developed;
2. analyse some literary devices; (1h.)
3. read and analyse W. Shakespeare's Sonnet 60; discuss about its theme (1h.)

4. read and analyse W. Shakespeare's Sonnet 130; discuss about its theme and why it is considered "anti-petrarchan"; (1h.)
5. compare Sonnet 130 with the song " Creep" by Radiohead ( activity in textbook);
6. discuss images of love in modern artworks;
7. have fun doing the following crossword

What students are expected to be able to do

Illustrate the characteristics of a sonnet;
Explain the differences between Italian and English sonnets;
Illustrate the features of courtly love;
Explain the sonnets that have been read
Recognise the main theme in a sonnet(4h.)

Homework



a. use textbook;
b. choose a song/movie that deals with love and explain how the theme is developed/presented