marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

We all know the plot, I trust. . . .

Star Wars recast into iambic pentameter.  With asides, sometimes explicating things not made explicit in the movie.  Most notably those that were not determined at the time.  Obi-Wan has an aside on how he must lie to Luke about his father, for instance.  R2D2 gets asides in plain English.

Amazing what sort of ringing poetry you can get.  The language sometimes jars, because it tends toward Elizabethean, but sometimes it seems too modern.  Of course, part of that is terms like "womp rat" and "warp drive" that can't be Elizabetheanized.  ("Droids" seems to fit in nicely, though I suppose he could have called 'em "automata" instead.  Then, different syllable count.)

Sometimes the lines are ripped off from Shakespeare and tortured to fit.  Which can be fun, but sometimes, it just jolts out of the joke into a different one.  Not too much of it, though.

I think the best part are the eloquent pourings out of heart about this topic and that -- reminds you why Elizabethean playwrights put their speeches in blank verse.
Tags: fiction reviews: sf, poetry reviews

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