Shakespeare's Sonnets Knowledge Cards
With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Size: 3¼ x 4 in.
The vogue for composing sonnets arrived in England in the late sixteenth century. These short verses told a story and were typically dedicated to a lady; standard themes were the lady’s coldness and the poet’s despair. William Shakespeare’s efforts are distinctive in that many of them are admonishments to a young man (to marry, to procreate, to forswear vanity and cruelty), rather than the more usual expressions of distress or delight attending romantic love.
Test your knowledge of Shakespeare’s sonnets with the 48 cards in this deck—each shows the first two lines of a sonnet on the front, the entire poem on the back. Whether you’re a scholar of the Bard or new to iambic pentameter, this deck is sure to spark the imagination, and may even inspire you to feats of personal creation—or impressive recitation.