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nikkkkk | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM via web

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What is the importance of teaching Shakesperean works to students?Also, what sonnet would help to reinforce this argument?

Writing a persusive text, about the importance of teaching Shakespeare, and also analysing a sonnet that will help to reinforce this statement.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM (Answer #2)

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You could tell the boys that girls love boys who write sonnets for them! I suggest the following sonnet: http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-sonnet-18.htm. In it, Shakespeare compares his woman to a summer's day. It's one of the most famous, and I happen to think it's still very romantic.
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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 26, 2011 at 2:42 PM (Answer #3)

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Many people who have read very widely agree that Shakespeare uses the English language with more skill and genius than any other writer in English. Reading Shakespeare's plays, or hearing them read, or watching them be performed, is often a jaw-dropping experience: the words and sounds are so rich, the thoughts so striking, the insight into human character so penetrating, that it is truly difficult to think of anyone more talented as a writer than Shakespeare was.  Therefore, one reason for teaching Shakespeare to young people is to give them an opportunity to share in the wonders just mentioned. Another reason is to give them a chance to appreciate the enormous influence that Shakespeare has had on other, later writers and on our culture in general. A lack of knowledge of Shakespeare's works means a gaping hole in one's education.

If I had to choose one sonnet to recommend, it might be sonnet 12, since it deals with a major theme of the sonnets as a whole (mutability) and since it is a sonnet to which most people at any age can relate.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM (Answer #4)

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Post #3 gives some excellent reasons to teach Shakespeare's works.  I would recommend teaching Sonnet 29 to help show the student's Shakespeare's genius.  In it, Shakespeare uses wonderful images and metaphors to explain the difference between his "outcast state" and how he feels when he remembers the dear person he is addressing through the poem.  The contrast between the first and second half of the poem is striking, and the theme is universal.  Sonnet 30 also conveys the same theme, but with very different language and images.

Students also tend to understand and appreciate sonnet 54, 116, and 130.

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nikkkkk | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM (Answer #5)

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Post #3 gives some excellent reasons to teach Shakespeare's works.  I would recommend teaching Sonnet 29 to help show the student's Shakespeare's genius.  In it, Shakespeare uses wonderful images and metaphors to explain the difference between his "outcast state" and how he feels when he remembers the dear person he is addressing through the poem.  The contrast between the first and second half of the poem is striking, and the theme is universal.  Sonnet 30 also conveys the same theme, but with very different language and images.

Students also tend to understand and appreciate sonnet 54, 116, and 130.

 
I read sonnet 27, it is about the poet not being able to sleep at night becasue he has someone on his mind. I thought it would be easlily able to relate to as teenagers face these issues all the time. But I'm not sure, theres so many to choose from!

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