One of my favorite classes in college was an English class focusing on William Shakespeare called Shakespeare’s Mediterranean. When I first signed up for this course, I was nervous and was not looking forward to it. I could never understand Shakespeare when I read it in high school. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did, but my teacher was great and she made the difficult texts easy to understand. I also started to act out the scenes and read them aloud by myself, which made it a lot more fun.
However, now there doesn’t really seem to be much use for Shakespeare in my life. Aside from the occasional reading of it for fun, no one writes or speaks to me in sonnets. In hopes of bringing this style back, I’ve decided to spice up and modernize one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, Sonnet 18. For those unfamiliar with this work, it is the one that begins, “Shall I compare thee to a summer day” and you can find the full text here. I used Shakespeare’s rhyme scheme, iambic pentameter and I tried to maintain the general theme while giving it a modern twist. I’d like to think that William Shakespeare would look at my poem with pride and confusion.
Shall I compare you to your Facebook page?
You are cuter yet paler in person:
Timeline has come and you were forced to change,
Now your profile pic is one of Elle Macpherson:
Sometimes you like lots of photos of cats,
And your use of LOL insufferable;
And though the beauty you display won’t last,
By frequent changing and updating of garble;
But your page will be archived in my mind
Nor will you lose me as a Facebook friend;
Nor will you delete your page and drop behind,
‘Cause in Internet world we know no end;
So long as there is social networking,
So long as Mark Zuckerberg is reigning.
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