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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)

TITLE: It's Hard On The Bard
By Margaret Kearley
11/09/10


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It’s Hard On The Bard


‘Cudgel thy brains’, dear Shakespeare
O Bard, be thou perplexed,
And witness the destruction
Of England’s fairest text.

Poetic sweet exuberance
Flowed from your fluid pen
Enthralling generations,
But it’s not now as then.

The tolls of life and duty
In present modern days
Call for abbreviation
Of written word and phrase.

IRL - sadly speaking,
The PC’s now the star.
Shakespeare? No TU very much
They say - TLDR

‘Cudgel thy brains’ dear Shakespeare
If you were here today,
4 hundred full years later,
Just think what you could say:

When Juliet called to Romeo
From balcony above,
She’d ask in melancholy tone -
‘Where4 r u my luv?’

Or’midst the twists and turnings
Of Hamlet’s anxiety,
His problem could solved by ‘?’
‘2 B or not 2 B?’

Your works would then be shorter
But yet IMHO
The world would be a poorer place -
I wanted you to know.

Fear not PCs or mobiles
One day we’ll not them need,
ROTFL Shakespeare
And LOL indeed.




A taste of IM Language...

irl - in real life
pc - personal computer
tu - thankyou
tldr - Too long, didn’t read
2 - to
B - be
imho - In my humble opinion
rotfl - Roll on the floor laughing
lol - Laugh out loud


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Beth LaBuff 11/11/10
Your title caught my eye. I've read this twice and love your words more with each read. This is above and beyond creative, eloquent, witty, and fun! This entry has it all! W2G! (way to go!)
vincent lyons11/11/10
very well done.
Charla Diehl 11/12/10
Thanks for the lesson in abbreviations with this cute and fun poem. I don't even own a cell phone yet!
Linda Wright11/13/10
I really enjoyed this very clever and well written poem! And I agree with you, the world would be a poorer place without Shakespeare. The younger generations are missing out. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/14/10
It's a scary time when I understood the text shortcuts far easier than I understood Shakespeare But I'll deny it if you tell anyone! You did a great job and brought a nice chuckle to my lips.
Noel Mitaxa 11/16/10
I love this for its brevity of wit. Are you opening up for us a window(s) on a whole new Shakespear-ience???
Abslutely brilliant.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/17/10
IMHO this is a delightful poem!
Caitlyn Meissner11/18/10
I love Shakespeare, and I loved this. 2 B or not 2 B? *laughs* What a great idea! Congratulations!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/18/10
Congratulations on your EC!
Juliette Chamberlain-Bond08/02/11
Poor old Bard!
I had a little giggle imagining anyone trying to enter the full Shakespearian test on a mobile.
Quirky and interesting.