The Sonnet Man

Devon Glover sets Shakespeare's love sonnets to Hip Hop, a genre of music students know and love.

Age Range
K-12

Finally, a way to make language arts and classic literature entertaining, exciting and fun! The Sonnet Man introduces and makes Shakespeare accessible to students through the medium of music in a genre they know and love – Hip Hop!

Devon Glover, an artist, teacher and modern-day Sonnet Man, delivers sonnets as originally written, and then breaks them down into today’s “spoken word.”  Students are inspired, motivated, and educated as The Sonnet Man raps Shakespeare’s sonnets to energetic beats.  On-stage volunteers and audience participants then get to make an attempt at rapping Shakespeare with The Sonnet Man as their guide.

Throughout the assembly, participants also engage in other activities with The Sonnet Man, including: songs with call-n-response prompts, multiple choice questions, storytelling songs, tongue twisters, contests, and more.  The Sonnet Man Brings It!

After your students see The Sonnet Man, they will come away with a greater enthusiasm for learning, an increase in creativity, an improved confidence in their communication abilities and literacy, and a greater appreciation for, and desire to participate in, the arts.

Perfect for schools, theaters, and organizations of all types, The Sonnet Man offers performances and workshops that both entertain and educate.  Mr. Glover’s flows, and presentation and teaching abilities, embody a richness of Shakespeare’s language, and his passionate, yet natural delivery offers inspiring and creative experiences audiences of all ages love – kids, teachers, and parents too!

Topics covered for younger students:  literary devices (synonyms, antonyms, tongue twisters, etc.), literature, poetry, introduction to writing and sonnets, attempt at rapping

Topics covered for older students:  Shakespeare, sonnets, beats, iambic pentameter, rhyme pattern, metaphors, and similes, alliteration, writing, writing poetry and sonnets, attempt at rapping

Workshop/About

 

Sonnet Man Workshop OutlineWorkshop

In the more intimate classroom setting, Devon works with students to learn about Shakespeare, what is a sonnet, metaphors and similes, what is a couplet, what is an alliteration, a 15 minute writing session and group discussion.

Devon's Story

Mr. Glover’s story is an inspiration in itself.  Born and raised along with two brothers by a single mom in Brooklyn, he has strived all his life to make something of himself and to give back.  He went through the New York City Public School system and is a graduate of Ithaca College.  Mr. Glover teaches and conducts workshops/performances in Harlem, Queens and Brooklyn.  He performed The Sonnet Man in Negril, Jamaica by special invitation from the Board of Education in the Soul Rebellion Hip Hop Festival and will be touring nationally. 

Devon Glover was featured on The Today Show with a tremendous national response.  The producer said, “I’ve never had so many emails from people saying how much they enjoyed the story and especially the song!”

  • It's really fantastic. In addition to being on the radio, it should be in ever inner city school in the country.
    David Friedman - Composer
    Disney Films, Award Winning Lyricist
    Norwalk, CT

  • Devon was absolutely terrific. Very professional before, during and after the performance. The students loved him and his presentation as he brought Shakespeare to life in a way young people can better appreciate. Devon also made himself available to chat for a few minutes with a group of English teachers who were asking for some tips. I highly recommend The Sonnet Man!
    Kathy Kravec - Director of Plus Program
    New Canaan Country School
    New Canaan, CT

  • The intelligence in the 'translations' is grand....this could be the way to inspire a new generation of Shakespeare-lovers!
    Andy Propst - Senior Editor/Theater Critic
    Theatermania
    New York, NY

  • He was awesome! My students have not stopped talking about him and my staff are still thanking me for bringing him to our school.
    Walt Smith - Director of Education
    Hoffman Academy
    Littlestown, PA

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