Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen (2015)
Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs
by Erik Didriksen
Quirk Books, 2015
William Shakespeare is best known for his brilliance as a playwright, but his skill with pen and paper extended to the area of poetry as well; the Bard is also known for his mastery of writing sonnets. Author Erik Didriksen combines the Bard’s language with today’s most popular poets, also known as songwriters, for the humorous parody Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs.
Ranging from classic rock (“Free Bird” and “Light My Fire”) to country (“Folsom Prison Blues” and “King of the Road”) to more recent top 40 hits (“Party Rock Anthem” and “Call Me Maybe”), Didriksen creates wonderful Victorian versions of twentieth and twenty-first century lyrics. This small volume will have readers laughing as they try to sing these popular songs with Shakespearean language.
This book is a perfect gift for anyone who loves Shakespeare or music. Didriksen might as well have been writing about himself when he stylized the couplet of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This”:
Though I have of my craft imparted much,
my artistry’s beyond what thou canst touch.