Order It: Sonnet 29

The Lark’s Nest in the Corn. Aesop’s fables with his life: in English, French, & Latin. 1666.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, which begins “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,” traces the poet’s journey from despair and solitude to joy when he thinks of his friend’s love, making him like a “lark at break of day.”

Can you put the lines in order?


To learn more about Shakespeare’s Sonnets, you may want to listen to our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episodes with Dr. Jane Kingsley-Smith on The Early Years of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (16th and 17th centuries) and The Long Life of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (18th century – today). You may also enjoy the video of the virtual 2021 Folger Gala, which also explored the sonnet, an art form that can stand alone, evolve, and inspire new works today.