Exercises & Activities
Notes on Sonnets and Villanelles (handout)
The first page of this document is an explanation of the differences in sonnet forms (Italian/Petrachan, Shakespearean, and Spenserian) and also an explanation of villanelles. The second page is Sonnet 130 blown up largely so that students can work with me on the differences in stresses, feet, rhyme scheme, stanzas, couplets, etc. I make a transparency of the second page and, after explaining to them what all of the sonnet elements are, we go through and use Sonnet 130 to identify them all, and they copy it down on their handout. I take them about two stanzas in and turn them loose and then come back and see how they did. See also my "Sonnets - Meter and Feet" handout upload.