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Song Parodies -> "If Shakespeare Had Written The Intro to "Star Wars"

Original Song Title:

"Prologue: Romeo and Juliet"

Original Performer:

The Bard of Avon

Parody Song Title:

"If Shakespeare Had Written The Intro to "Star Wars"

Parody Written by:

Callmelennie

The Lyrics

Call this a target of opportunity. I came across a spoof movie poster of "The Return of the Jedi" with the Shakesperean title "The Jedi Doth Return" and featured Jabba The Hutt in Shakesperean clothing. So, my mind almost instantly seized on the idea -- What if The Bard had written the Intro to the whole Star Wars epic. So, with much ado about nothing, sit back and imagine these words scrolling up on the screen. Maestro, cue the overture .....
Two Death Stars, both alike in lethality
In far Galaxia, where we play our screen
From old Republic, break to new tyranny
Where darkened helm makes once charred skin unseen
From forth the Vater loins of this Dark Lord foe
A pair of orphaned siblings pledge their life
Whose light-sabered, Yoda-esque overthrow
Do, with their faith, crush the Sith-ian strife
The fearful passage of their Fett-mark'd quest
And the disturbiance in the Force foreseen
Which, but for Palpatine's end, still distres't
Is now the six film traffic of this screen
The which, if you for eighteen years attend
What here promisd, Jar Jar may strive to rend!!
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(Hmm, let us go hence and craft the ending)
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A looming peace this great blast doth portent
The Ewoks, in triumph, sing atonal song
Go hence, to prequelize these great events
Some shall be enthral'd, and some shall find wrong
For never was a greater tale explored
Than of Jedi Knights and their Stellar Wars

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Phil Alexander - September 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh, I say.. this is superb. Or as the Bard might have said.. forsooth, 'tis matercopulatorily magnificent
Calleth me Lennie - September 09, 2014 - Report this comment
If it doth increaseth in thee mirth, my dearest Phil, imagine yond' last lines bespoken by Yoda
The Observer - September 09, 2014 - Report this comment
THIS IS NOT A SONG!
Callmelennie - September 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Apparently, TO, there's a unwritten rule around here that you can veer off every once in a while and do parodies of writers with distinctive styles of verse such as Shakespeare, Shelley, Chaucer, and Byron -- so long as you don't make it a habit. Some of the very best of our ilk, namely John Barry and Tommy Turtle, would occasionally do Shakespeare -- I count about two dozen entries in the Performer Index ..... And Robert Arndt once used the epic poem "Endymion" by John Keats to tell the History of WWII from the point of view of the German Wehrmacht soldier. This must be one of the most audacious, complex parodies in the annals of Amiright
Phil Alexander - September 10, 2014 - Report this comment
Indeed, there's nothing wrong with parodying poetry (my first poem-based submission was in 2002, there've been quite a few since, so I'm not entirely unbiased in this respect).. not sure there's any unwritten rules that say you couldn't make it the entirety of your métier if you so desire, nor should there be.
Callmelennie - September 10, 2014 - Report this comment
Well, that's the thing about unwritten rules, Phil. You can't be sure if they exist at all, because they're ... you know ... unwritten (;-D) ..... But certainly, in practice, these sorts of parodies are a tiny percentage of anyone's parodic ourve. Tommy Turtle seemed to be the most active at this, percentage wise, and even in the case of The Terrifying Terrapin, it only constituted two percent of his submissions
Phil Alexander - September 10, 2014 - Report this comment
:-) But what I mean is that I've not come across it as a rule, either explicitly or implied in a comment

A quick scan shows I'm slightly below 2% poetry (or slightly above if my 5 Antipoet beat poetry parodies are included; I have some other poetry parodies that haven't been posted on amiright, as they're a bit in-joke-ish)

..and you're right, "oeuvre" is definitely the pretentious mot juste, rather than "métier"
Patrick - September 10, 2014 - Report this comment
I see nothing wrong with a good parody of a popular, well-known poem or narrative, such as "Casey at the Bat", "The Raven", "The Highwayman" or other similar works that school children in the olden days were taught to memorize, or that become famous through the media. I recall doing a parody of Al Gore's "Untitled Poem", and "General Patton's Address to the Troops". If they are funny or revealing, poems certainly are certainly legitimate forms of parody.

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