By the end of next week’s block class, you will submit an original sonnet.  I recommend you begin thinking about your ideas and lines.  If you want, feel free to start composing a draft, according to these guidelines:

a sonnet of 14 lines

following the conceptual framework of either the Petrarchan (Italian) or Shakespearean (English) model

if you want, include the rhyme scheme of your chosen model

each line has at least ten syllables

if you want, aim for the meter of most traditional sonnets–i.e., iambic pentameter (not everyone will accept this challenge, but I encourage brave souls to take it on)

advice: pick a subject that suits the strengths of your chosen sonnet form