Look, boys and girls. I know you’ve given up reading Shakespeare in its unvarnished King James glory. I’ve seen clandestine copies of No Fear Shakespeare with its facing page of soulless translation next to “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.” Most of you don’t even go that far but instead check out Sparknotes or CliffsNotes or Shmoop. Let’s face it, no matter how faux hip they try to make the summaries sound, they’re still tedious.
Well, I have something better. Here’s a sneak peak of my summary of Othello. The cool thing is it’s a song. You just click the arrow below and in under two minutes you get all you need to know about the play.
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Sung to the tune of “Volare” or you can click below and hear it sung in the author’s gorgeous coastal South Carolina baritone.
Othello, woe, woe
He strangled Desdemona
For sleeping with another fell-a.
That dark-hearted Dago
Whose name was Iago
He poisoned the pliant Moor’s ear.
He told him his sweetie
Had been indiscrete
With someone he once held so dear.
Othello, woe woe
The climax comes in Act III
Thanks to a mislaid hanky.
Susceptible to a deadly sin,
The green-eyed monster does the Moor in.
He stabs the circumcised dog thus,
Ending the entire ruckus.
A corpse-strewn bed, not okay,
So villainous Iago dragged away
To face some badass torture
For creating such a tragic rupture
Othello, woe, woe,
Lascivious Mo-or . . .
 To my Italian friends: sorry, but Iago has very few rhymes.
2 thoughts on “Othello, the Musical Study Aid”
What a great picture along w/ a voice of a man w/ a good soul.