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January 19, 2016

May the Verse Be With You!

January 19, 2016

Today's prompt is: Read up. Let's explore the power of words. Did a writer delight you, make you think, or impact you in some other way? Write a review, or share a favorite line from something you've read.

I received a little literary gem as a gift in this year’s Secret Santa exchange, William Shakespeare's Star Wars, Verily, A New Hope, by Ian Doescher. An ode to Star Wars, an ode to Shakespeare, is there much else you would need from a book?


At first glance it seemed just a fun book to have around and maybe use to coerce a coworker or two into enacting a scene with me, but as I read a line by the ever-obvious C-3PO that began with, “Pray, R2-D2, where art thou?” It got me thinking…are the two really so different?

There are many known common threads and themes throughout Shakespeare’s writings;

a noble hero with a tragic flaw,

supernatural occurrences,

insults and banter,

death of a main character,

masked identities,

comedy that relieves drama,

drama that heightens comedy,

and characters with a just or happy ending.

Put all of those threads together into one galactic masterpiece and there be “a dish fit for the gods.” – Shakespeare's, Julius Caesar

So, thank you Secret Santa, it is with new appreciation that I read R2-D2’s meeps, beeps and squeaks in iambic pentameter, and marvel at the familiarity of measured style with the complexity of precisely woven storylines opening with a heartwarming:
In time so long ago begins the play,
In star-crossed galaxy far, far away...

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