Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rave of the Day for January 11, 2011: 

One from the 2003 archives that I'm pretty sure I haven't posted anywhere else. And since it parodies Shakespeare, how outdated could it possibly be?

The following is from the Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asks readers to submit "instructions" for something (anything), but written in the style of a famous person. The winning entry was "The Hokey Pokey" as written by Shakespeare.

O proud left foot, that ventures quick within

Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.

Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:

Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.

Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,

Mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.

To spin! A wilde release from Heaven's yoke.

Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.

The Hoke, the Poke -- banish now thy doubt

Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.

by William Shakespeare

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