The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0009  Tuesday, 8 January 2013


From:        Esther Schupak <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         January 8, 2013 3:59:01 AM EST

Subject:     Shakespeare Hokey Pokey


Thought y’all would enjoy this:


The following is from the Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asked 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 William 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,

A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.

To spin! A wilde release from Heavens 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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