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My Tweets Are Nothing Like the Sun: William Shakespeare on Twitter Mark Hillary

My Tweets Are Nothing Like the Sun: William Shakespeare on Twitter

Mark Hillary

Published August 20th 2015
ISBN : 9781326340087
Paperback
178 pages
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 About the Book 

Everyone knows something of the sonnets of William Shakespeare - even if they have never read Shakespeare. Allusions are all around in song lyrics, TV shows, and news headlines. The 154 poems Shakespeare wrote in sonnet form and published in 1609 areMoreEveryone knows something of the sonnets of William Shakespeare - even if they have never read Shakespeare. Allusions are all around in song lyrics, TV shows, and news headlines. The 154 poems Shakespeare wrote in sonnet form and published in 1609 are referenced in so much popular culture, yet unless you are a student of English literature you may not have ever tried reading them. Now you dont have to. In this book, all the 154 original poems are included and paired with a Twitter version. Thats right, every one of the sonnets has been reduced to a message of fewer than 140-characters. This is an experiment in making 400-year-old poetry work in the age of social media, but it is also a continuation of the sonnet traditions. Sonnets are very structured, short poems anyway. Poets needed to follow strict rules to make a sonnet work, to convey meaning within a set number of lines. In this book, the sonnets have been reduced to individual tweets - but they still retain the essence of each poem.