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Friday, July 5, 2013

What if William Shakespeare had written Star Wars?

What if William Shakespeare had written Star Wars?

Here is the opening from the book:

PROLOGUE.
Outer space.
Enter
CHORUS

CHORUS
It is a period of civil war.
The spaceships of the rebels, striking swift
From base unseen, have gain’d a vict’ry o’er
The cruel Galactic Empire, now adrift.
Amidst the battle, rebel spies prevail’d
And stole the plans to a space station vast,
Whose pow’rful beams will later be unveil’d
And crush a planet: ’tis the DEATH STAR blast.
Pursu’d by agents sinister and cold,
Now Princess Leia to her home doth flee,
Deliv’ring plans and a new hope they hold:
Of bringing freedom to the galaxy.
In time so long ago begins our play,
In star-crossed galaxy far, far away.

[Exit]

Here is a PDF version of the first 16 pages.

6 comments:

  1. I'm still waiting for Shakespeare to write "The Tragedy of Richard Nixon".

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  2. The rhyme pattern is not Shakespearean.

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    1. You know nothing about Shakespeare.

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    2. It's a sonnet. abab cdcd efef gg. Seems like Shakespeare to me.

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  3. It is unusual for Shakespeare to begin his plays with a sonnet. However, I think the intended reference is Romeo and Juliet, an early play which does begin with a prologue in sonnet form, and furthermore contains the phrased "star-crossed".

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  4. I'm about ready to get my Masters in Educashun and I've never heard of this Shakespeare guy.

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