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Sonnet 30 Silent Colloquy

1. We will listen to the poem read by Kenneth Branagh.

2. Read over the poem carefully a few times.

3. Below the text of the poem, write down an open-ended


discussion question that you would like to write or think
about. The question should be open-ended (“What does
‘fore-bemoaned’ mean?” is not open-ended), but not
too general (“What is this poem about?” is too general).
Try to ask a question that points to a specific aspect of
the poem and/or a specific idea in the poem.

4. Read the question, and write for four or five minutes in


response to the question. Try to come up with a
response to the question by pointing to specific parts of
the poem.

5. Read over the question and response. Write for four or


five minutes. Contribute to the discussion by referring
to specific parts of the poem and by bringing in another
text that you have encountered (a movie or a book or a
poem) that has to do in some way with the discussion.

6. Read over the question and responses. Write for four or


five minutes. Contribute to the discussion by referring
to the poem itself, and/or bringing in another text,
and/or bringing in a personal experience that you have
had that has to do in some way with the discussion.