A few years ago, in a poetry podcast, the guest read out a poem which was a parodic pastiche of Shakespeare plots. It wasn't based on any specific Shakespeare plot, but it was meant to seem like a Shakespearean comedy's plot. (I don't think it was trying to sound like Shakespeare's poetry; it was just trying to sound like a lively plot synopsis of Shakespeare.)

I am almost certain I heard this on the New Yorker Poetry Podcast, so it would have been published in the New Yorker at some point. (And I am almost certain the poet was not the one reading the poem on the podcast, so the poem could be decades old.)

I can't remember the exact details, but some of the main jokes were: introducing a lot of characters whose name begin with "P" (or some other alliteration); piling plot development on plot development very quickly; ending the poem with something like "and now act 2".

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    I looked through the Complete New Yorker DVD collection (up to 2008) and couldn't find anything. Given the scant details you mention makes it difficult though. Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 17:04


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