Analyzing Poem Themes

O Mistress Mine

Work Time

William Shakespeare’s “O Mistress Mine,” though often published separately, is actually from his play Twelfth Night . Listen and read along silently as your teacher reads it aloud.

Your teacher will call on two or three students to read the poem again to hear the words from different voices. Be prepared to read.

  • As you listen and read silently, mark any words or phrases that you don’t understand. When the oral reading is completed, share the words you don’t know.
  • Then, work with a partner to annotate the poem. First read for sentence sense; that is, read to the end of each sentence (look for a period, a question mark, or a semicolon), and before you go on, tell each other what the sentence is saying.
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