Poetry Friday :: Shakespeare…almost

We’ve been searching around trying to find a good, daily poetry anthology–one that can live on the table and be counted on to have a good, approachable poem no matter where you open.  We’ve been living with 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day edited by Billy Collins.  This week we found a doozy by R. S. Gwynn!

Shakespearean Sonnet

With a first line taken from the tv listings

A man is haunted by his father’s ghost.wildflowers
Boy meets girl while feuding families fight.
A Scottish king is murdered by his host.
Two couples get lost on a summer night.
A hunchback murders all who block his way.
A ruler’s rivals plot against his life.
A fat man and a prince make rebels pay.
A noble Moor has doubts about his wife.
An English king decides to conquer France.
A duke learns that his best friend is a she.
A forest sets the scene for this romance.
An old man and his daughters disagree.
A Roman leader makes a big mistake.
A sexy queen is bitten by a snake.

How many plays did you recognize?  The children got all but the two plays we haven’t studied!  Pretty good, I think!  Here are a few more poetry links to brighten your Friday:


  1. Did you see the poem Carolyn Weber posted today? Fantastic. I’ll look at your resources … I’m not really good at listening to things, but I keep meaning to get to Read Aloud Revival. She has talked with so many great people.

    1. Love the lines “somewhere long ago / joy was chosen for me”
      Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, Dawn!
      ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

      1. Yes! You’re very welcome. This one is going in my commonplace 🙂 And probably my end of month Revel post. 🙂

  2. Kortney,
    This poem was so much fun. I can’t wait to pass it along to my husband and daughter. It’s right up their alley.


  3. Just did this with my kids and husband…we got most of them, but not some of the historical ones (Henry IV part I, for instance!). Fun!

    1. We didn’t get Richard II…RichardII?! I really have no idea what that play’s about! So glad the whole family played along. That’s how we did it here too!

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