Swapping Roles With Shakespeare

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Back when William claimed our world’s just a stage
And we are merely players one and all
Was he inspired with quill upon the page
Or horrified and shocked by this football?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Did our great Bard endure and watch them play
That rough and tumble long ‘ere rules began
From his window on any given day
In muddy streets with bladder spheres to hand

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 1 Did his namesake see how oft seasons arch
Or expect that he’d be coach instead
Did Claudio beware the Ides of March
Did some backstage cry out ‘Off with his head’?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Can Craig dismiss this dark and barren spell
So we can all say all’s well that ends well ?



A hopefully self-explanatory sonnet with a few William Shakespeare references thrown in for good measure. This on Craig Shakespeare suddenly wanting to be manager after two games, following the disgraceful dismissal of the gentleman that is Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City.

Thanks :
To Christian Wach our esteemed site designer and webmaster, for the original idea and suggestion.

To Ash Loveridge for pointing me towards John Motson’s witty heads-up on the Shakespeare quotes and for putting passionate grammar back into football reporting on Forest Green Rovers up and down the country .

Lastly to World Cup Willie the Shake who referred to the game, as it was back then, several times in his works. Bless.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/swapping-roles-with-shakespeare/