Order It: Sonnet 98

hand holding a flower
Illustration using p. 116 of Minerua Britanna or A garden of heroical deuises, furnished, and adorned with emblemes and impresa’s of sundry natures, newly devised, moralized, and published, by Henry Peacham, Mr. of Artes. 1612. Folger STC 19511 Copy 1

It’s springtime! Sonnet 98 is a wonderful seasonal selection from Shakespeare: “When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim…” How well do you know Sonnet 98? See if you can put the 14 lines of the sonnet in the correct order. If you get stuck, remember that Shakespearean sonnets follow this rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.


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