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Poetry about Relationships: 'Sonnet 116'

In this worksheet, students will develop their work on poetry by reading Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 116'.

'Poetry about Relationships: 'Sonnet 116'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

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Worksheet Overview

This worksheet will allow you to develop your work on poetry by looking at a group of poems about relationships. 

Read the following poem by William Shakespeare (1564–1616) and answer the questions.

 

 

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Sonnet 116

 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, 

That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 

Within his bending sickle's compass come; 

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

     If this be error and upon me proved,

     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

 

Portrait of William Shakespeare

 

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