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Sonnet Assignment


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Sonnet Assignment

  1. 1. Sonnet Assignment - Rubric<br />1. Title and author of the sonnet and names of the group members (5 pts)<br />2. Type of sonnet (i.e. Petrachan) and breakdown of the sonnet including form/structure and rhyme scheme. (10 pts)<br />3. Literary elements in the sonnet with explanation (i.e. personification) (10 pts)<br />4. Interpretation of the sonnet – group consensus or various conflicting meanings are acceptable. (15 pts)<br />5.Imagery – Find one piece of art work that resembles your groups interpretation of the sonnet. Remember to include the title, artist, and a brief comment. (10 pts)<br />
  2. 2. English 4 Class/Mrs. Ritchie<br />Sonnet 42Petrarch<br />
  3. 3. Petrachan/ Italian Sonnet<br />The spring returns, the spring wind softly blowing a<br />Sprinkles the grass with gleam and glitter of showers, b<br />Powdering pearl and diamond, dripping with flowers, b<br />Dropping wet flowers, dancing the winters going; a<br />The swallow twitters, the groves of midnight are glowing a<br />With nightingale music and madness; the sweet fierce powers b<br />Of love flame up through the earth; the seed-soul towers b<br />And trembles; nature is filled to overflowing… a<br />The spring returns, but there is no returning Voltac<br />Of spring for me. O heart with anguish burning! c<br />She that unlocked all April in a breath d<br />Returns not…And these meadows, blossoms, birds e<br />These lovely gentle girls—words, empty words e<br />As bitter as the black estates of death! d<br />Octave<br />Sestet<br />
  4. 4. Literary Elements<br /><ul><li>Oxymoron – “sweet fierce powers”
  5. 5. Simile – “bitter as the black estates of death”
  6. 6. Personification – “flowers dancing”</li></li></ul><li>Interpretation<br /><ul><li>The first part of Petrach’s sonnet, the octave, discusses the beauty of spring. He uses words like “glitter”, “gleam”, “dancing”, and “sweet” to describe spring. One can guess that he is comparing love to spring.
  7. 7. The sonnet begins to transition at the volta. He states “The spring returns, but there is not returning/of spring for me.” His tone transitions from joyful to discouraged or pessimistic.
  8. 8. The second half of the sonnet, the sestet, focuses on his despair. He uses words like “anguish”, “empty” and “bitter”. One could think that his love has left him all alone.</li></li></ul><li>"Spring in Giverny" by Claude Monet<br />This painting by Monet, like the words of Petrach, bring about images of Spring and the beauty of new life.<br />