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CLIP 1301

Commentary on a Sonnet - Edna St Vincent Millay

Commentary on a Sonnet - Edna St Vincent Millay
Key Info
  • Commentary on a Sonnet - Edna St Vincent Millay
  • Duration: 04:25
  • Through close reading, which includes an analysis of rhyme, language and imagery and a personal response, photographer Fay Godwin continues her exploration of Edna St Vincent Millay's sonnet. She describes the simple language and contextualises the sonnet. A developed personal response explores Godwin's choice of images and how these relate to the metaphor in the sonnet. The clip ends with a reading of the sonnet.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Early and Mid 20th Century

  • Keywords: sonnet, rhyme, octet, sestet, language, imagery, metaphor, resonance, personal response
Ideas for use in class
  • Using voiceover, ask students to create their own reading of a sonnet to go with images collected that reflect the sonnet. Use the reading of the sonnet from this clip as a model.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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