Title: Pop Sonnets – Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs
Author: Erik Didriksen
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: NetGalley ebook for review
If you’re looking for a fun, entertaining book, which captures the wonders of Shakespeare’s sonnets and combines it with the pop songs of modern day, then this is the book for you.
Pop Sonnets by Erik Didriksen presents itself as a collection of sonnets which have inspired many a song-writer (although, we know this isn’t true). It takes each song and, using the same format throughout, turns it into a sonnet with Shakespearian language. As sonnets are generally shorter in length than song lyrics, the words taken are mostly from the chorus which certainly helps in making them more recognisable.
Unfortunately, my knowledge of pop culture, songs in particular, is limited at best. As a result, I could only appreciate a number of these sonnets as, well, sonnets rather than the retelling of a popular song. This did limit my enjoyment of the book somewhat but when I came across a song I did know (often very well), then the sonnets paid off.
There is a wide mix of songs, and the book is split into sections based on their various themes. Some are older than others, and the artists range from Miley Cyrus to Black Sabbath, so there is something for all the family.
While I read this book on my own, I think it is one that can be more enjoyed when read with others – trying to guess the songs based on the sonnets and making it in to an entertaining read. With that in mind, a physical copy of the book would be the ideal format, especially if you want to flip through to just experience the odd sonnet without relying on any particular order.
And, with Christmas only a few months away, it might be an idea for a stocking filler.