Sonnets - in the octave? 3. What is the topic of this...

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Some Questions for Close-Reading Sonnets 1. Questions for Shakespearean sonnets: - What is happening in each of the three quatrains? Do the poet’s thoughts shift or grow? Do the three quatrains build on each other? - What purpose does the ending couplet serve? Is it a conclusion? Does it restate something in the sonnet in stronger terms? Does it refute or contradict a point made in the first 12 lines? - Is the ending couplet strong and does it provide finality? 2. Questions for Petrarchan sonnets: - What is happening in the octave? Is a proposal or situation presented? Is a question asked? - Can you point to the turn or “volta”? What is the poet doing at the turn? - What has the poet done in the sestet? In the sestet does the poet resolve, restate, or reflect on the concerns of the octave? Does the sestet release any tension created
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Unformatted text preview: in the octave? 3. What is the topic of this sonnet? Why is the topic of this sonnet especially suited to such a concise form? 4. Does the sonnet begin with a scene or image drawn from the external world? Does the poet then compare the image with some state of mind or emotion? 5. Is there a tight thematic structure? What is it? 6. Can you identify two related thoughts in the sonnet, either contrasting or parallel? 7. Do the ideas or thoughts expressed in the sonnet seem to move forward in a logical way? Explain. 8. Does the sonnet remind you of the way the human mind works? Does it reflect or mirror an intellectual or emotional process? 9. Has the poet achieved a wholeness within the sonnet? How would you explain that wholeness? Information adapted from https://applications.ausd.net/classlink/getfile.ausd?fileid=67780...
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