Example 3 – Sonnet 18
Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare
The son’s net (sonnet) was a golden one, which he received for his 18th birthday.
They even brought a compere (shall I compare) on to announce that his 18th birthday present was his son’s net (sonnet).
So now you have the title and the start of the first line. You now have to learn each line:
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Link DAY to ART
Every day, she produced a different work of art.
Link TEMPERATE to ROUGH WINDS
What a temper (temperate). The cloud really blew some rough winds.
Link MAY to SUMMER
When were Maypoles and summer ever not connected?
Link DATE to TOO HOT
The date was too hot.
Link SHINES to OFTEN
She always shines her shoes. How often? Always!
Link DIMMED to EVERY FAIR
The light was dimmed because every fair was allowed only one light bulb.
Link DECLINE to CHANCE
On a decline, they took a chance.
Link UNTRIMMED to ETERNAL
Her beard was untrimmed and went on eternally.
Link FADE to LOSE POSSESSION
The map was so faded that the pirate feared he would lose possession of the buried treasure.
Link OWE to DEATH
Don’t owe money to death!
Link SHADE to ETERNAL LINE
Death’s shade was an eternal line.
Link GROW to LONG
She can grow long vegetables – the longest in the world, in fact!
Link SEE to LONG LIVES THIS
The girl can see how long lives this tree.