Sonnet 73 - Connecting With The Theme

Updated: 1/30/2017
Sonnet 73 - Connecting With The Theme
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Sonnet 73 Lesson Plans

Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

“Sonnet 73” is a poignant sonnet for anyone who has sensed time passing by too quickly, and the need to hang on to youth, life, and experiences much more tightly. This sonnet uses winter, night, and a dying fire as metaphors for the inevitable approach of Death. This sonnet is excellent to use for literary elements, TP-CASTT analysis, and for a student to connect their own experience of time passing by too quickly. While old age and death may seem far away for our students, the final activity will help them understand exactly what Shakespeare is trying to say to his readers.


Sonnet 73

Storyboard Description

William Shakespeare Sonnets - Shakespeare Sonnet 73

Storyboard Text

  • When we got out of school for summer vacation, I couldn’t believe we had 80 days of freedom and fun in the sun! It seemed like all the time in the world!
  • I promised myself that I would make the most of my free time, and planned all kinds of fun activities, like going to the beach, traveling to Florida, and going camping!
  • FRAGILE
  • My best friend Meaghan was going to be at her lakehouse for most of the summer, but I promised her that when she came back to home for the last 2 weeks of summer that we’d spend every day together!
  • When Meaghan came back home, I was too busy with other friends to hang out with her. We didn’t see each other at all before school started.
  • Then, I found out that Meaghan is moving all the way to Texas! It’s a quick move, and she, her mom, and her dad are busy packing, so I won’t get to see her much before she leaves other than in school.
  • FRAGILE
  • I wish I had taken the opportunity to spend more quality time with Meaghan because now I don’t know when I will get to visit her in Texas.