‘I thought I could, with verse iambic, pry
Some sense from nonsense, and our modern scene
Depict and mock, while using “thee” and “thy”
In pages fit to rest by thy latrine.’
Shakespeare’s sonnets are among the great achievements in world literature. Alas, the immortal Bard never used his command of iambic pentameter to explore such themes as porn, Snapchat and Austin Powers.
#Sonnets is a collection of hilarious and inappropriate poems complete with illustrations of Elizabethan RoboCop and Snoop Dogg in tights. Musing on everything from Donald Trump to Tinder, comedy writer Lucien Young offers a Shakespearean take on the absurdity of modern life.
Where do I start?
#Sonnets is just that, it’s a small book but packed with 167 sonnets. The subjects range from Kim Kardashian, Walter White, Darth Vader, John McClane through to Donald Trump and even Christmas. It’s laugh out loud funny too.
A small example of the Sonnet titled Christmas is :
“No angel shall i’pon the tree install
I shall not groove to Slade or to Mariah”
Full of humour and irreverence with great illustrations too. This is something you can dip in and out of and will always find something to make you smile. Totally unique.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.
You can buy a copy here
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lucien Young is a comedy writer who has worked on various TV programmes, including BBC Three’s Siblings and Murder in Successville, as well as authoring three humour books, Alice in Brexitland, Trump’s Christmas Carol and The Secret Diary of Jeremy Corbyn.
He was born in Newcastle and read English at the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the world-famous Footlights Club. @luciendyoung