Sonnet 130

Words: 101-200

Skills: Figurative Language Rhythm & Rhyme Theme

Grades: 10th 11th 12th

Topics: Realistic Fiction

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature


Sonnet 130

by William Shakespeare

Primarily known for his plays, Shakespeare also wrote over 150 sonnets. This sonnet is one of his more famous ones. After reading the poem, students will respond to questions on the rhyme scheme, the figurative language, and the theme.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Sonnet 130

by William Shakespeare
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun    
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red    
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;    
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.    
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,    
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;    
And in some perfumes is there more delight    
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.    
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know    
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;    
I grant I never saw a goddess go;    
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:    
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare    
As any she belied with false compare.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What is the rhyme scheme in this sonnet?

2. Give an example of one metaphor or simile in the poem and label it as metaphor or simile.

3. Shakespeare uses several examples from nature. What is one?

4. Does Shakespeare admire his lady? Cite a quotation from the text to prove your answer.