por William Shakespeare
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Why Do We Hate Love?Robert Firestone, Ph.D.
Loving another person and accepting love from another person can sometimes be a very painful experience. In his article, "Why Do We Hate Love," Robert Firestone, Ph.D. explains the psychology behind this phenomenon.Pair “Sonnet 18” with “Why Do We Hate Love” and ask students to discuss how each article portrays the experience of being in love.
what love isn'tYrsa Daley-Ward
In Yrsa Daley-Ward's poem "what love isn't," Ward explores attributes of love not often discussed.Pair “Sonnet 18” with “what love isn’t” and ask students to discuss how the two poets explore love. How does Shakespeare’s poem portray a version of love we more commonly see in media? How is this different from Ward’s portrayal of love?
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker describes a snowstorm.Pair “Sonnet 18” with “Blizzard” and ask students to discuss how both poems use a description of nature to develop their themes. Even though the two poems use imagery from different seasons, how do their descriptions of the natural world play similar roles in shaping the theme of each poem?
Sonnet XVIIPablo Neruda
In this poem, a speaker uses figurative language to describe the exceptional qualities of their love.Pair “Sonnet 18” with “Sonnet XVII” and ask students to consider how both writers challenge traditional ideas of romantic love. Students should compare the two writers’ use of figurative language and discuss how they communicate themes. Do these writers have similar experiences of love? Is one more successful in describing love?
Sonnet 5William Shakespeare
In William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 5," a speaker describes the loss of outer beauty.Pair “Sonnet 18” with “Sonnet 5” and ask students to compare the themes of the two sonnets. How do the speakers make a connection between love and beauty in the sonnets? What is the effect of the speaker using seasons to describe abstract concepts? How do the speakers suggest beauty should be preserved in the two poems?
The RavenEdgar Allan Poe
In "The Raven," the speaker bemoans the loss of his lover and, tortured by love, steadily slips into madness.Pair “The Raven” with “Sonnet 18” to contrast different kinds of love poems and to continue discussing the question: How are we changed by love?
In the archaic Greek poem "Sappho 31," a speaker describes someone they have great affection for.Pair “Sonnet 18” with “Sappho 31” and ask students to discuss the common themes in each poem. How does each speaker describe their love interest? How are their descriptions similar or different? What techniques are used in the poems? Do students think that either of these relationships represent true love? Why or why not?