Pop Sonnets

Pop Sonnets

Shakespearean Spins on your Favorite Songs

Book - 2015
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"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."--P. [2] of cover.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781594748288
Characteristics: 127 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Becca Levin
Oct 18, 2018

The nerd in me adores this book. If you're looking for something hilarious to pass the time or want to surprise your fellow pop-culture loving friend, this is the book for you.

JCLHelenH Aug 15, 2016

Fun collection of today's top 40 hits, rewritten as sonnets. So many possibilities for creative teachers to bring Shakespeare into the classroom.

britprincess1ajax Apr 12, 2016

I love sonnets. I love music. This is their love child. When I found this cute book, I couldn't resist. Written in the style of the Shakespearean sonnet, each poem here is an adaptation of the lyrics, the tone, and the message conveyed in popular songs. What kind of songs? Everything from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Rick Springfield and Rick Astley. You want some Chumbawumba? Jay-Z? Rihanna? It's all there. How about Rebecca Black? That's more in the category of unpopular songs, but you get my point. With such a wide variety, this book is bound to please. I took note of what a previous commenter wrote and realized that I'm not the only one who made a game out of this book; it's interesting to read the Elizabethan verses and hear the applicable lyrics humming in the back of your mind, so I forced myself to read only the poetry without taking note of the song title at the bottom of the page and then tried to figure out what it was. POP SONNETS is such a fun read. I recommend it.

Nov 30, 2015

Love it! So many classic rock and pop songs rewritten in quite excellent Shakespearean verse. Used as a game reading to my children and seeing if they could guess the song (and they often DID!)


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