Compose an Original Sonnet

Two sonnets, both alike in structure, are now the foundations of an assignment that asks young poets to examine the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, as well as "Sonnet 16," and then to craft their own following the rhyme scheme and rhythm of a Shakespearian sonnet. The assignment sheet includes "Sonnet 16" but you will have to provide the Romeo and Juliet prologue.

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Pros

  • The assignment shows young writers just how challenging crafting a fixed form of poetry can be
  • The assignment details the specific structure of the Shakespearian sonnet
Cons

  • Little scaffolding is provided to ensure all learners can be successful with the assignment
  • The assignment assumes that after examining two sonnets and reading a brief description of the fixed form, the young poets will be able to craft a sonnet