In keeping with a long-standing Shakespeare's Birthday tradition at the Folger, we'd love to read or hear your own line sonnet.
1. Think of an idea for your sonnet
Upload to social media, tagging FolgerLibrary and using the hashtag ShareYourShakespeare so that everyone can enjoy what you wrote. If you film yourself reading it, we encourage you to share it in writing, too.
A sonnet is a poem of 14 lines that reflects upon a single issue or idea. Try your hand, see how much of this sonnet stuff you want to play with, and no matter what, enjoy the experience of writing rules to write a shakespearean sonnet. Note: Although we're eager to see everyone's sonnets as part of ShareYourShakespeare, we will not be holding a Shakespeare's Birthday sonnet contest this year.
Our main building is closed for a multi-year renovation. All Folger programs and events will be held at other venues during construction. Write a Sonnet. Step 1: Choose your own sonnet adventure.
The world is your oyster! You can write a sonnet… …on your own. Get typing, or dust off that quill pen. Banish boredom around the dinner table or on the couch!
Collaborate to write and record yourselves across the miles. Step 2: Need inspiration? Read a poem that pokes fun at sonnets. Read a poem that refers to the film The Matrix.
Read a poem that plays with pop culture and with Shakespeare, too. Listen to poet Terrance Hayes read one of his sonnets. Step 3: Get writing. How fancy you get is up to you! More about sonnets: Read the winning sonnets and runners-up from our Shakespeare's Birthday Open House sonnet contest.
If you would camp counselor skills resume to see more, enjoy the winning sonnets and runners-up from several previous Folger competitions. Read Shakespeare's sonnets —and explore a wealth of other resources about rules to write a shakespearean sonnet.