Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs (Hardcover)

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If you are looking for a book that is fun to read aloud, particularly to a group of people, then look no more! For lo, reading pop songs reinterpreted in Shakespearean language is an experience not even reachable by the inestimable Sir MC Hammer who once wrote, "my artistry's beyond what thou canst touch" (citation needed). To make reading this collection even more fun, try having a re-imagined pop song read to you and try to guess the song before the end of the reading. A Shakespearean name that tune, if you will!  

— From Nancy's Book Picks


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.

Praise For…

“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.”—NPR

“This is a must-have for literary buffs and music fans alike.”—Paste magazine

“Smart and funny...Any reader who is intrigued by this concept will enjoy its fantastically skilled execution.”—Library Journal

“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.”—Pop Matters

“Ingenious is the key word here.”—Free Lance-Star
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594748288
ISBN-10: 1594748284
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 128
Language: English