Sonnet 55: Name that Theme Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Sonnet 55? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What adjectives could be used to describe time in this sonnet?
literary, weak, silly
good-natured, careless, arrogant
timid, cranky, boring
destructive, lazy, disgusting
Q. In what line does the word "love" appear?
in every line
Q. What is poetry's relationship to the other kinds of art mentioned in the poem?
it's more difficult and true to life
it's more beautiful and more descriptive
it's more powerful and lasts longer
it's simpler and more subtle
Q. Why is there so much violence in this poem?
to make a political statement about the 16th century
to criticize the immorality of humans
to illustrate the destructiveness of time
to make readers chuckle
Q. How will the beloved by remembered?
no one will remember him because he's old and ugly now
mourners will sit by his tomb and think about him
readers will remember him by reading this sonnet
the speaker will found a subscription-only society dedicated to his memory