T IT L E :
What do you see in this image? Write a list of words describing
these physical components – the colours, shapes and textures
– then write a list of words describing their ‘story’. What is
happening here? Think beyond the framing of this image and
use the theme as a starting point. Then use these words to
compose your own Shakespearean sonnet.
A sonnet consists of 14 lines which follow an alternating rhyming
scheme right up until the last two lines. The last two lines are
called a couplet and they should rhyme with each other. The
couplet is like the end of the story where you should bring
together all the ideas you have shown in the rest of the sonnet.
Most regular sonnets tend to be love poems. Shakespeare’s
might seem to be about love, but they are often about so much
more. What will your sonnet be about?
A visual literacy worksheet by
in partnership with Toledo Museum of Art