Remixing Shakespeare's Sonnets Online

February 13, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News announces the release of the "Shakespeare Sonnet Shake-up," an interactive web application that invites users to remix Shakespeare's sonnets to create entirely new poems. The program lets users explore the structure of the sonnet form and rhyme Shakespeare's lines in new and inventive ways.

"Students learn faster in a hands-on environment," said Jim Yagmin, co-founder of "The Sonnet Shake-up is a great tool for learning about the sonnet form, and it's also great fun."

Teaching Shakespeare has always been a challenge, and some teachers have begun using tools like the Sonnet Shake-up to bring excitement to the classroom.

"Moving around lines and creating a logical flow of ideas just as Shakespeare did 400 years ago—this tool lets my students experience Shakespeare, rather than study at him from afar," said Wendy Carpenter, a high school English teacher. Carpenter created an entire class assignment around the application. "Students want to be engaged. Writing a sonnet from scratch is a dreadful assignment for them, but remixing Shakespeare online, that gets them excited."

The Shakespeare Sonnet Shake-up is online at: