The Sonnet Song

by MC Lars

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CHORUS:

“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.”
Maybe you might know these rhymes?

They are from a sonnet that
Shakespeare wrote long ago
Fourteen lines,
the first three quatrains
establish a theme

VERSE 1:

"What is pentameter?" Let’s take a look?
Five pairs of syllables - where rhythm is the hook
Leaving Petrarch shook with Shakespeare's twist
Unstressed / stressed and it sounds like this:
"But soft what light through yonder window breaks?"
Helping actors learn their lines to minimize mistakes
‘cause life is complicated, hardly idyllic
Like an amphibrach mixed with a foot so dactylic

CHORUS

“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.”
Maybe you might know these rhymes?

They are from a sonnet that
Shakespeare wrote long ago
Fourteen lines,
the first three quatrains
establish a theme

William Shakespeare (Shakespeare!)
Wrote mad sonnets
William Shakespeare (Shakespeare!)
Wrote mad sonnets
If you love someone,
drop pentameter on ‘em

William Shakespeare (Shakespeare!)
Wrote mad sonnets
William Shakespeare (Shakespeare!)
Wrote mad sonnets
If you love someone,
drop pentameter on ‘em

VERSE 2:

What do we know about Shakespeare’s life?
No tell-all biographies penned by his wife
So we look to the sonnets - and read what they say
Who was the Dark Lady? Who was Anne Hathaway?
And was Shakespeare gay? No one really knows
but he wrote hella poem showing love to his bro
"Was Shakespeare even Shakespeare?" many scholars want to know
by any other name is a rose still a rose? Yo!

Seriously though - the authorship question is a very important one
and it’s honestly worth of its own song. Stay tuned for that.

Yo DJ! This drop is too long! What is this, Coriolanus?

CHORUS:

Rhyme scheme goes
AB AB CD CD EF E
F, the final lines always
rhyme and they all resolve (GG)

Petrarch he wrote sonnets too
but this song’s not 'bout you
A - BBAABB- C DC DC D? (Please!)

William Shakespeare (Shakespeare!)
Wrote mad sonnets
William Shakespeare (Shakespeare!)
Wrote mad sonnets
If you love someone, drop pentameter on ‘em

OUTRO:

Sonnet 126 we want to know
where did your missing rhyming couplet go?

Sonnet 126 we want to know
where did your missing rhyming couplet go?

Sonnet 126 we want to know
where did your missing rhyming couplet go?

Sonnet 126 we want to know
where did your missing rhyming couplet go?

Sonnet 126 we want to know
where did your missing rhyming couplet go?

Sonnet 126 we want to know
where did your missing rhyming couplet go?

Sonnet 126 we want to know
where did your missing rhyming couplet go?

I don't know... shoot!

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released March 27, 2018
produced by MC Lars and Anubis TK (www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBZlWk0v4uKLrnqNSXUeDw)

lyrics by MC Lars & William Shakespeare

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