Enjoy John Green’s great video to help review our work with Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130. You may understand some of the themes that we processed in class better by viewing this video. This may also help you understand a new theme that exists in the sonnets. Perhaps the theme that is clearest because of John Green’s delivery as well as the images he supplies from Elizabethan culture is the idea that “Human life is temporary but that poetry is forever.” The only point where I disagree with John Green was Shakespeare’s arrogance in his work. I think that Shakespeare, like most artist, was extremely confident, which is a more positive way to appreciate arrogance. Note, too, that John Green does not waste a second talking about the conspiracy theories that Shakespeare did not author all of his plays. We’ll get into that research more in the coming weeks.
For you comment below, let’s have each student read and reread Sonnet 116, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment.” Then identify the most important poetic device in the poem and explain how that device illuminates one of our recurring themes from our sonnet readings. Recall that previous notes have the devices in red ink, and themes are illuminated in green ink. Compose your explanation in Standard English and type in a word document so that you can do a grammar and spelling check.