It isn’t often that you find a book that just begs you to read it aloud, but Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs is that kind of rare treat. Literature nerds and music geeks will love Erik Didriksen‘s infectious mash-ups of Shakespearean verse and Top-40 hits from the last several decades. Continue reading
Upon its publication in 2015, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay on growing up black took the U.S. by storm. University of Southern California professor Claudia Rankine‘s Citizen: An American Lyric is Between the World and Me‘s lesser-known cousin, but this book-length poem is just as relevant and important as Coates’ work. Rankine’s poetry details years of micro-aggressions from acquaintances and strangers alike, as experienced by the author, her friends, and black celebrities. Continue reading
When most people think of sonnets, only one name comes to mind: William Shakespeare. As we’ve seen in this series, although the sonnet form he used is the most well-known in the main, it is certainly not the only form. After mentioning it in the two previous tutorials in this series, we set our sights on the Shakespearean sonnet.