Delving Into A Sonnet

How deeply do you go?

My teen is currently working on a sonnet project for a class, and each week the class delves deeper into the sonnet each youth has chosen, uncovering more layers until they fully understand what the sonnet means--not only in terms of Shakespeare's intent but their own interpretations. The teens will be performing them at the end of the semester for parents and other guests, and my teen, as creative as the kid is, has yet to come up with a plan for the presentation.

I have to admit that the sonnet selected isn't one of my favorites, which is fine--we often don't have the same taste!--and I'm not sure what I would do to really embody the sonnet in a performance, either. I've had much more luck with writing them than performing them, of course, but I am interested to see what the kids will come up with for their show.

Have you ever had to analyze a sonnet, or done so for pleasure, before performing it? What did you do and how did it go?

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