COMPARE AND CONTRAST ANY SHAKESPEARE POEM TO A SONG BY A MODERN MUSICAL ARTIST. HOW ARE THEY ALIKE OR DIFFERENT? PROVIDE THE LYRICS FROM SONG AND POEMPLEASE PROVIDE THE LYRICS FROM THE SONG AND THE...

COMPARE AND CONTRAST ANY SHAKESPEARE POEM TO A SONG BY A MODERN MUSICAL ARTIST. HOW ARE THEY ALIKE OR DIFFERENT? PROVIDE THE LYRICS FROM SONG AND POEM

PLEASE PROVIDE THE LYRICS FROM THE SONG AND THE POEM

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kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You need to make some personal choices to allow the e-notes editors to help you. I recommend that you look at a variety of the sonnets and the variety of themes - particularly perspectives on love - which Shakespeare offers. Shakespeare deals with love for a male patron in the first 126 of his sonnets. The themes in Shakespeare's work here are respect, admiration, beauty, loss, frustration and mortality. Then we have the Dark Lady sonnets which deal with more of the lustful and romantic aspects of love, including unrequited love, infidelity and deception. This is a very simplistic view but may help you begin.

It would be best to have a view of a theme from Shakespeare's work to look at to connect with a theme you find reflected in modern music. A starting point could be with one of the sonnets to do with ageing, such as sonnet 11 'When Forty Winters...' and a song such as The Beatles 'When I'm 64.' 

mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shakespeare, as you know, was a kind of rock star in his day, a ladies man.  He was largely took a wildly romantic view of love, and many of his characters committed suicide rather than go without true love.

So, I would have to Shakespeare would have been an into Emo punk, with it's tragicomic lyrics and androgynous makeup.

"Cemetary Drive" by My Chemical Romance has a scene straight out of Act V of Romeo and Juliet:

This night, walk the dead 
In a solitary style
And crash the cemetery gates. 
In the dress your husband hates
Way down, mark the grave
Where the search lights find us
Drinking by the mausoleum door
And they found you on the bathroom floor

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Good advice from other posters. Your best bet is to pick a sonnet that speaks to you. You might not necessarily know what it means, but you could certainly have an emotional response to one of them. Then think about the type of music you like, and start comparing the sonnet to the songs you enjoy. For example Sonnet 18 could be compared to “You Are So Beautiful to Me.”

bngwanson | Student

MY MISTRESS' EYES ARE NOTHING LIKE THE SUN BY SHAKESPEARE

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