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1

To whom are most of Shakespeare’s sonnets dedicated?

To an ideal woman, from the Petrarchan tradition

To a “dark lady”

To the “fair youth”

To the earl of Surrey

2

The Petrarchan metric structure of the sonnet was changed by Shakespeare, who created a new structure made by three quatrains and a couplet in iambic pentameter.

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3

How are the first 17 Shakespeare sonnets mostly known and called?

4

According to Shakespeare, procreation is not the only way to gain immortality. What is the other way?

5

What is the main theme of Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare?

The beauty of the summer.

A reflection about the passing of time.

The cruel reality of death.

The end of youth.

6

Is it true that in Sonnet 18 there can be found a thematic division between the first eight lines, which are about eternity, and the last six lines, which are about mutability?

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7

In Sonnet 116 what does Shakespeare mean by the expression “the marriage of true minds”?

The marriage between two sincere people.

The love for a sincere and intelligent woman.

The marriage between the poet and a sincere woman.

A spiritual and sincere love between two people.

8

Is it true that In Sonnet 116 concepts and images are the most innovative aspects of this poem?

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9

“Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come” In these verses the poet wants to show that love is a victim of the tricks of time, which is like a sickle cutting down roses and making them fade.

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Alessandro Cane

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Laurea in Lettere - Università Cattolica di Milano

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