Romeo and Juliet

By | October 22, 2017
Romeo and Juliet Author William Shakespeare
ISBN-10 1505259568
ISBN-13 9781505259568
Year 2014-11-29
Pages 92
Language English
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families It was among Shakespeare s most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet is one of his most frequently performed plays Today the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity Its plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567 Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but to expand the plot developed supporting characters particularly Mercutio and Paris Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595 the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597 This text was of poor quality and later editions corrected it bringing it more in line with Shakespeare s original Shakespeare s use of his poetic dramatic structure especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension his expansion of minor characters and his use of sub plots to embellish the story has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters sometimes changing the form as the character develops Romeo for example grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play

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