RAP BATTLE: Dr. Seuss vs. Shakespeare

WARNING: Some bad language, so don’t watch near little children. A friend showed me this video, and I just had to share it. We read a lot of Shakespeare through the course of this class… so, what better to wrap up this course but with a rap battle between Dr. Seuss and Shakespeare. My ultimate favorite part was when Shakespeare busted out his rap about all the different types of poems, such as “trisyllabic” and “iambic” – perfect. I honestly love both, but I am going to have to go with Dr. Seuss since I’m still a little kid at heart.

With that said, who do you think won?

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A Modern Day Masque

The Masques that we discussed in class were very elaborate productions put on for the elite and honored the royalty. A modern day analogy of this performance can be seen when viewing a video of the performances for Barack Obama’s inauguration. After Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president, there were celebrity performances including the most talked about, “At Last” performance by Beyoncé. Since we have so many modern technologies including live broadcasting, people around the world could watch it then, and can review it now online at any given moment. Because technology was not available then, there were very detailed stage directions written that included details on what was worn by the actors, how the setting was created, and details of the events that encapsulated the essence of the performance. Below, please view the video of Beyoncé’s rendition of “At Last,” and take note as to how many things we are given the opportunity to see with our very own eyes such as the clothing worn, the lighting, the amount of people in the audience, how the stages are set, and what is offered in expression by the camera angles and allotted time given on screen to each detail. With the benefit of technology, us “commoners” can witness something that we will never be able to see in real life– a luxury that non-courtly individuals could only read about back then.

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Last week’s discussion of children saying inappropriate things that went over their heads constantly reminded me of Jackass’ recent movie, Bad Grandpa.

In this movie, children say things that entertain adult viewers. If the adult was saying the lines, it would not be nearly as funny. The child star certainly adds a twist of ironic comedy that otherwise would not be.

For those of you who have not seen the movie, I have attached a clip below. I suppose we can consider this a modern day Boy’s company.

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Jack Johnson – Posters

Jack Johnson’s song “Posters,” was the song I choose for this week. This song seems to critique not only society, in general, but how society judges people based on their physical appearance. Furthermore, it critiques how individuals aim to conform to this particular norm. Similarly, Day’s “Isle of Gulls” is a satire criticizing issues such as politics, and although questionable, poetry. However, Johnson aims at society’s perception, or expectation, of what the “ideal” man or woman is. This song focuses on the perspective of two people – a male and a female. The male “knows he aint loved at all” because of his physical appearance, and consequently turns to alcohol to cope with the pain of not being accepted. On the other hand, the female looks to the “body of the doll that don’t look to hers,” and becomes bulimic to deal with her pain. Ultimately, Johnson is trying to convey the message that these “posters” and “dolls” really do not convey “truths” or portray what really matters, which is what is on the inside. 

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Will Ferrell Landlord Skit

This week we discussed that what added another layer to the comedy of The Isle of Gulls was the age of the young boys playing the roles. Since many of these boys were so young, (some even 12 and under) they probably had no idea what the jokes meant or even what they were saying.

This hilarious skit by Will Ferrell relates because it also features a young child saying inappropriate things. Clearly she is not old enough to even understand what she is saying or why it is so funny, and that is what makes it even funnier. Let’s face it, kids saying vulgar things (however uncomfortable) is pretty funny…this is an example of that. Enjoy!

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Vienna Boys Choir- My Heart Will Go On

This week I picked a song done by an all boys choir because we are reading a play performed by an all boys company. We discussed in class how these young boys were perfect for these plays because they could sing very high notes because they hadn’t gone through puberty yet. These young men were also perfect in acting a female part. They made a womans role more beliveable than an adult male could. I also chose this song because Titanic is one of my favorite movies. Enjoy!

Lyrics-

My Heart Will Go On Lyrics

Every night in my dreams
I see you, I feel you
That is how I know you go on

Far across the distance
And spaces between us
You have come to show you go on

Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you’re here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go till we’re gone

Love was when I loved you
One true time I hold to
In my life we’ll always go on

Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you’re here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

You’re here, there’s nothing I fear
And I know that my heart will go on
We’ll stay forever this way
You are safe in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

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Take a Bow-Rhianna

Deception/Secrets
A major theme covered in discussion this week was that of deception, lies, and secret keeping. Deception is not good when it comes to love and at the end the deceivers lose out. This song helps to embody that. This song is about a liar who gets caught and loses what he has. The meaning behind it is so powerful and it is beautifully done. The major deception on this week’s reading was the father but a central theme of love is underlying in the text. I wanted to include deception and love both at the same time. This covers the broken heart caused by a secret life.
Lyrics:
Oh, How about a round of applause, Yeah
A standing ovation
Oh, Yeah
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

You look so dumb right now
Standing outside my house
Trying to apologize
You’re so ugly when you cry
Please, just cut it out

[Chorus:]
Don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not
Baby when I know you’re only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
But now it’s time to go
Curtain’s finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it’s over now (but it’s over now)
Go on and take a bow

Grab your clothes and get gone (get gone)
You better hurry up
Before the sprinklers come on (come on)
Talking’ bout’
Girl, I love you, you’re the one
This just looks like a re-run
Please, what else is on (on)

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Oh, And the award for
The best liar goes to you (goes to you)
For making me believe (that you)
That you could be faithful to me
Let’s hear your speech, Oh

How about a round of applause
A standing ovation

But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
Now it’s time to go
Curtain’s finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it’s over now (but it’s over now)
Go on and take a bow
But it’s over now

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