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Legend of Shakespeare - Sonnet I
"Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets in his career. This quiz only covers one of these sonnets; sonnet number 1."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
"From fairest creatures we desire increase."
This is the first line of Shakespeare's first sonnet. This is a metaphor for what?
"That thereby beauty's ____ might never die."
There is a blank spot in the above line. What belongs in that spot?
"His tender hair might bear his memory."
Uh oh, one of those words is not correct. Which word is incorrect, and what should be put in its place?
Hair - Heir
Bear - Forget
Tender - Cinder
Memory - Family
"Feed'st thy light's flame with self-__________ fuel."
The word that is missing represents fuel from one's own body. What word is it that is missing?
"Making a famine where abundance lies."
In Shakespeare's time, there were periods of famine and periods of what opposite?
"Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel."
What does "thy self thy foe" mean?
Being a friend of yourself
Making your friends your enemies
Being an enemy of yourself
Making your enemies your friends
"Thou that art now the world's fresh ___________."
This phrase is about a youth (most of the sonnet is). What word belongs here, though?
"And only herald to this gaudy season."
Actually, he does not use the word "season". Which of these words DOES he use?
"Pity the world, or else this glutton be."
Why pity the world?
Gluttony is bad for your health, so pity those who are gluttonous
The glutton eats his share as well as the world's share
Pity the skinny people, gluttony is best
This is not a line of a Shakespearean sonnet
In this entire sonnet, Shakespeare is mainly speaking to a specific type of person. To whom is the sonnet directed?
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