Taking A Sonnet Apart

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This is part of a slidedeck I put together to help a class identify a sonnet .

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Taking A Sonnet Apart

  1. 1. Taking a sonnet apart……so we can build a better one!  NB: These slides will be available on the blog later! http://fourthyear.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Whit we daein’ the day?• Quick review of yesterday’s learning about the sonnet.• A practical bit of sonnet analysis using a handy Sonnet Toolkit.• Working with our groups and others to make sure we are better able to analyse a sonnet
  3. 3. How’ll we know we’ve done it?• Your analysis of the FORM of the poem will be completed;• You’ll be able to identify a SONNET because of the RULES used to write it;• You’ll be able to REPEAT THE ANALYSIS on your own using the STRATEGIES we are using in class;• SIMPLES!
  4. 4. Worked ExampleIf I should die, think only this of me:That theres some corner of a foreign fieldThat is for ever England. There shall beIn that rich earth a richer dust concealed;A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,A body of Englands, breathing English air,Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.And think, this heart, all evil shed away,A pulse in the eternal mind, no lessGives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
  5. 5. How Many Lines?1. If I should die, think only this of me:2. That theres some corner of a foreign field3. That is for ever England. There shall be4. In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;5. A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,6. Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,7. A body of Englands, breathing English air,8. Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.9. And think, this heart, all evil shed away,10. A pulse in the eternal mind, no less11. Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;12. Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;13. And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,14. In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
  6. 6. Octave Sestet Volta1. If I should die, think only this of me:2. That theres some corner of a foreign field3. That is for ever England. There shall be FIRST EIGHT4. In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; LINES =5. A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, OCTAVE6. Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,7. A body of Englands, breathing English air,8. Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.9. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, VOLTA10. A pulse in the eternal mind, no less11. Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; LAST SIX12. Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; LINES =13. And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, SESTET14. In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
  7. 7. Rhyme Scheme?1. If I should die, think only this of me:2. That theres some corner of a foreign field3. That is for ever England. There shall be4. In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;5. A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,6. Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,7. A body of Englands, breathing English air,8. Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.9. And think, this heart, all evil shed away,10. A pulse in the eternal mind, no less11. Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;12. Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;13. And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,14. In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
  8. 8. Rhyme Scheme?1. If I should die, think only this of me: a2. That theres some corner of a foreign field b3. That is for ever England. There shall be a4. In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; b5. A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, c6. Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, d7. A body of Englands, breathing English air, c8. Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. d9. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, e10. A pulse in the eternal mind, no less f11. Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; g12. Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; e13. And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, f14. In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. g
  9. 9. Rhythm / AccentsIf / I / should / die, / think / on / ly / this / of / me: 10That / theres / some / cor / ner / of / a / fo / reign / field 10That / is / for / e- / ver / Eng / land. / There / shall / be 10In / that / rich / earth / a / ri- / cher / dust / con / cealed; 10A / dust / whom / Eng / land / bore, / shaped, / made / a- / ware, 10Gave, / once, / her / flowers / to / love, / her / ways / to / roam, 10A / bo- / dy / of / Eng / lands, / brea- / thing / Eng- / lish / air, (11)Washed / by / the / ri- / vers,/ blest / by / suns / of / home. 10
  10. 10. Rhythm / Accents u / u / u / u / u /If / I / should / die, / think / on / ly / this / of / me: 10 u / u / u / u / u /That / theres / some / cor / ner / of / a / fo / reign / field 10That / is / for / e- / ver / Eng / land. / There / shall / be 10In / that / rich / earth / a / ri- / cher / dust / con / cealed; 10A / dust / whom / Eng / land / bore, / shaped, / made / a- / ware, 10Gave, / once, / her / flowers / to / love, / her / ways / to / roam, 10A / bo- / dy / of / Eng / lands, / brea- / thing / Eng- / lish / air, (11)Washed / by / the / ri- / vers,/ blest / by / suns / of / home. 10

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