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Teaching Sonnet 18

Sonnet 18

Sonnet 18, often alternately titled Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?, is one of the best-known of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. In the sonnet, the speaker compares his beloved to the summer season, and argues that his beloved is better. He also states that his beloved will live on forever through the words of the poem.

William Shakespeare
Public Domain

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

In what ways can beauty be both fleeting and lasting?
STANDARDS:
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RL.6 - Point of View

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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