Today I’d like to challenge you to “remix” a Shakespearean sonnet. You can pick a line you like and use it as the genesis for a new poem. Or make a “word bank” out of a sonnet, and try to build a new poem using the same words (or mostly the same words) as are in the poem. Or you could try to write a new poem that expresses the same idea as one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Doffing my hat to the Bard
O! how I faint when I of you do write
So all my best is dressing old words new
The perfect ceremony of love’s rite
Incapable of more, replete with you!
You should live twice,–in it, and in my rhyme
Since all alike my songs and praises be
When in the chronicle of wasted time
Those lines that I before have writ do lie!
Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth
To speak of that which gives thee all thy might
Alack! what poverty my Muse brings forth,
Why is my verse so barren of new pride!
Knowing thy heart torment me with disdain,
Kill me outright with looks, and rid my pain.
(This entire sonnet is made up of lines from various sonnets by Shakespeare. I had thought it would be easy but I have been toiling for hours reading and picking suitable lines! If you like it, you know who gets the credit, if it is lacking in any way, you can lay the blame squarely at my door!)