BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 6497

William Shakespeare - 'Sonnet 17' (poem only)

William Shakespeare - 'Sonnet 17' (poem only)
Key Info
  • William Shakespeare - 'Sonnet 17' (poem only)
  • Duration: 00:58
  • A dramatised reading of William Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 17', written in 1609. The interesting twist is the setting, a contemporary restaurant kitchen. The young male kitchen assistant recites the poem to a female kitchen assistant, who, while not respond to him, clearly shows she is listening to him.
  • Subject:



    Shakespeare: Sonnets

  • Keywords: Petrarchan, Shakespearian, octave, sestet, love, rhyme, powerful texts, PowerfulTexts
Ideas for use in class
  • The modern setting is intended to make the poem easily accessible through its familiar setting and situation. It also shows that love is an enduring theme and the poem still has relevance for us today. It can be used to encourage pupils to engage with Shakespeare and the sonnet form. Could be used in conjunction with Clips 6496 and 6498.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.