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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'.

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read a Wide Range of High-Quality Texts

Difficulty level:  

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QUESTION 1 of 10

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.

 

 

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The poem is a sonnet.

What makes it a sonnet? Select the three correct answers from below.

 

Handwriting with feather pen on antique scroll paper. Text is from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18. - stock photo

It is written by Shakespeare.

It is about love.

It has 14 lines.

It has 12 lines.

It has three quatrains with a rhyming couplet at the end.

Reread the first quatrain:

 

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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:

 

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Is the following statement true or false?

True love does not change over time and remains constant.

true

false

Now read the second quatrain:

 

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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.

 

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Here Shakespeare is using a metaphor to describe love. What is he comparing it to?

the North Star

a boat - bark

a storm - tempest

Why does Shakespeare compare love to the North Star?

 

The North Star is important for guiding sailors because it never changes position, just like love never changes.

It shines bright like love.

Now read the final quatrain:

 

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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.

 

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In this quatrain Shakespeare describes how time tries to attack and change love but fails. Shakespeare describes Time as a character carrying a sickle.

What is this technique called? 

 

Grim Reaper - stock vector

metaphor

personification

simile

Now read the final rhyming couplet: 

 

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   If this be error and upon me proved,

   I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

 

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What is Shakespeare saying in this couplet?

I guarantee that what I am saying is true.

I am not a good writer.

I may be wrong because I have never loved.

Now revise the poem:

Match the following lines with their meaning.

Column A

Column B

Love is not love
Which alters when it alterati...
True love does not change.
it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempe...
Love is like the North Star that never changes how...
Love's not Time's fool
What I am saying is true.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never w...
Love will not be changed by time.

Match the following images from the poem with what they are about:

Column A

Column B

ever-fixed mark...
wand'ring bark...
personification of time
Time's fool...
bending sickle's compass come
sailing
alters...
rosy lips and cheeks within his bend...
ageing

Select the three words/phrases below that describe the feelings and attitudes explored in the poem.

devotion

constancy

change

true love

lust

Do you think this poem is about the love of younger or older people?

younger people

older people

  • Question 1

The poem is a sonnet.

What makes it a sonnet? Select the three correct answers from below.

 

Handwriting with feather pen on antique scroll paper. Text is from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18. - stock photo

CORRECT ANSWER
It is about love.
It has 14 lines.
It has three quatrains with a rhyming couplet at the end.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are:
It has 14 lines.
It is about love.
It has three quatrains with a rhyming couplet at the end.
  • Question 2

Reread the first quatrain:

 

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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:

 

******************

 

 

Is the following statement true or false?

True love does not change over time and remains constant.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
The statement is true, because Shakespeare is saying that love does not change over time.
  • Question 3

Now read the second quatrain:

 

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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.

 

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Here Shakespeare is using a metaphor to describe love. What is he comparing it to?

CORRECT ANSWER
the North Star
EDDIE SAYS
Shakespeare uses a metaphor to compare love to the North Star.
  • Question 4

Why does Shakespeare compare love to the North Star?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The North Star is important for guiding sailors because it never changes position, just like love never changes.
EDDIE SAYS
Shakespeare uses the metaphor of the North Star because the North Star is important for guiding sailors because it never changes position, just like love never changes.
  • Question 5

Now read the final quatrain:

 

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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.

 

******************

 

 

In this quatrain Shakespeare describes how time tries to attack and change love but fails. Shakespeare describes Time as a character carrying a sickle.

What is this technique called? 

 

Grim Reaper - stock vector

CORRECT ANSWER
personification
EDDIE SAYS
Shakespeare uses personification.
  • Question 6

Now read the final rhyming couplet: 

 

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   If this be error and upon me proved,

   I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

 

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What is Shakespeare saying in this couplet?

CORRECT ANSWER
I guarantee that what I am saying is true.
EDDIE SAYS
Shakespeare is saying that "I guarantee that what I am saying is true."
  • Question 7

Now revise the poem:

Match the following lines with their meaning.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Love is not love
Which alters...
True love does not change.
it is an ever-fixed mark,
Th...
Love is like the North Star that ...
Love's not Time's fool
Love will not be changed by time.
If this be error and upon me prov...
What I am saying is true.
EDDIE SAYS
Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds = True love does not change.

it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken = Love is like the North Star that never changes however stormy it is.

Love's not Time's fool = Love will not be changed by time.

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved = What I am saying is true.
  • Question 8

Match the following images from the poem with what they are about:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

ever-fixed mark...
wand'ring ...
sailing
Time's fool...
bending sickle...
personification of time
alters...
rosy lips and cheek...
ageing
EDDIE SAYS
"ever-fixed mark... wand'ring bark..." = sailing

"Time's fool... bending sickle's compass come" = personification of time

"alters... rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come..." = ageing
  • Question 9

Select the three words/phrases below that describe the feelings and attitudes explored in the poem.

CORRECT ANSWER
devotion
constancy
true love
EDDIE SAYS
True love, constancy and devotion are three words that sum up the feelings and attitudes in the poem.
  • Question 10

Do you think this poem is about the love of younger or older people?

CORRECT ANSWER
older people
EDDIE SAYS
The poem is about the love of older people because it describes how that love doesn't change over time whatever life throws at it.
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