ReadingQuestionsforShakespeare3-7

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L231/Smith Reading Questions for 3-7: Shakespeare’s Poetry, “Shakespeare’s Theater” (in Richard III , pp. xxxv- xliii), and Richard III , Act I These questions are for your benefit and to help guide the class discussion—please bring them with you to class. Feel free to write out answers or to use them to guide your reading of the poem. [Shakespeare’s Poetry: Focus on this reading for Friday!] 1. Read through the e-reserve document on “Shakespeare’s Poetry.” I’ve added a link to our Blackboard class, “Dictionary (OED)”: use this source to look up at least one word, and look up other words that you don’t recognize from these poems. Beware: I’ve given some definitions of words in the margins, but realize that this definition is not the only one possible for many of these words. 2. Now that you’ve read all the poems: go back and re-read Petrarch’s “Sonnet 90,” Watson’s “Sonnet 7,” and two of Shakespeare’s sonnets that seem to respond in some way to them: Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) and Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”). What are Shakespeare’s views about poetry’s ability to describe something by using comparisons? 3. I’ve included several sonnets that describe Time as a kind of “monster.” Which sonnets most clearly fit into this category? What, according to Shakespeare, can one do to defeat monstrous Time? 4. Some of the “Dark Lady” sonnets (127-152) describe the lady (and the poet) as “monstrous” in some ways. Can you locate a couple of examples? 5. Are there sonnets that discuss ideas we’ve seen in either
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