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Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs (Hardcover)
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Did you ever imagine Axl Rose spouting “Sweet Child of Mine” as a sonnet? How about Britney Spears? The Bard (aka Erik Didriksen) takes hold of several classic and contemporary pop songs and condenses them into traditional, charming Elizabethan verses. The result is elegant, and often times, comical! [Nicole]— From Pop Sonnets
The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in Pop Sonnets, a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets.
All your favorite songs are here, including hits by Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, and many others. With stirring sentiments on everything from love and despair to wanton women, Pop Sonnets offers inspirational verse for every occasion.
About the Author
Erik Didriksen is a software engineer, musician, sonneteer, and trivia enthusiast. He lives in Astoria, New York.
“One of the very best collections of pop songs written in the style of William Shakespeare that I've read so far this year!”
—“Weird Al” Yankovic
“Pop Sonnets is one of the absolute best of the disreputable breed of impulse-buy humor books. Didriksen brings an authentic dedication to craft and a lively sense of humor to this highly specific project.”
“This is a must-have for literary buffs and music fans alike.”
“You'd expect ‘Call Me Maybe’ written in 1600s English to be a funny juxtaposition, but it’s more than that: it’s a catchy, natural reworking that rolls off the tongue.”
—Maddie Crum, Huffington Post Books
“The Bard of Avon himself would be proud...”
—MJ Franklin, Mashable
“...hilarious and brilliant...”
—Isabella Biedenharn, FlavorWire
“Each entry is charming and razor sharp in its appropriation of Elizabethan tropes and terminology.”
—The Paris Review
“...finally poetry nerds who love pop music have a home online."
—Colin Stutz, SPIN
“It's a simple yet ingenious formula...The creativity on display here is delightful.”
—Folger Shakespeare Library
“Smart and funny...Any reader who is intrigued by this concept will enjoy its fantastically skilled execution.”
“This book is made for drinking games or could moonlight as a pub quiz helper, and a well-loved teaching resource.”
—Monsters & Critics
“To put it mildly, this is a terrific feat of will and intellect.”
“Ingenious is the key word here.”