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How to Write My Own Sonnets for Romeo and Juliet? can anyone help me write sonnets for...

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anfei | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 15, 2010 at 4:33 PM via web

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How to Write My Own Sonnets for Romeo and Juliet?

can anyone help me write sonnets for acts 3 4 and 5 because my teacher gave an assignment to but i suck at poetry. and there are none in acts 3 4 and 5 which is why she gave us the assignment we have to make them up

or does anyone know where i can find some already written online.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 15, 2010 at 5:31 PM (Answer #2)

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There are an endless number of ways for you to start.  Make sure you know all the details of sonnets, first of all.  Then think about what interests you about the play.  Pick a subject and elaborate on it in the sonnet.  Pick a character and write from that character's point of view.  Pick a scene and describe the most important idea or emotion in the scene.  Write about what you feel when you read a particular scene.  Again, the possibilities are endless.

The most important thing is to just start writing. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM (Answer #3)

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To add to the suggestions, one idea is to write sonnets that are Prologues to the acts.  The first and second acts have prologues that foretell what is to come--why not write ones for other acts that summarize the action as these do?  Also, you can use the sonnet between Juliet and Romeo in Act I when they first meet as an example for a dialogue/sonnet between other characters such as Mercutio and Tybalt when they argue.  Give each six lines and have the rhyming couplet said by both s they agree to duel.  For instance, start with Tybalt's lines, then Mercutio's, who last line can be from the play:  "Oh, calm, dishonorable, vile submission!

Couplet: M--  Tybalt,you ratcatcher, will you draw?

            T--  You shall find me apt enough to that--draw!

Remember to write in iambic pentameter:  an unstressed syllable, followed by a stressed.  And follow the pattern of the Shakespearean sonnet in meaning and rhyme.

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