I’ve just discovered and followed a wonderful blog where a contemporary pop song is reworked as a Shakespearean-style sonnet. By “just discovered” I mean that I followed a link that a friend posted, and ended up spending an hour there reading the sonnets.
One might expect that the spirit or intent of the songs might be lost, but these sonnets remain true to the tone and message of the songs they are based on.
I don’t know who the author is, but this poetry is absolutely brilliant.
Find Pop Sonnets at http://popsonnet.tumblr.com/
Not only is it clever poetry, it’s something that can break down the barriers between Elizabethan and 21st century English.
I’m definitely going to use some of these with my classes.