written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare
about two young star-crossed
lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular archetypal
stories of young, teenage 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
Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!O any thing, of nothing first created;O heavy lightness! serious vanity!Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Romeo: Is love a tender thing? it is too rough, Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.Mercutio: If love be rough with you, be rough with love;Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.
O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comesIn shape no bigger than an agate-stoneOn the fore-finger of an alderman,Drawn with a team of little atomiesAthwart men’s noses as they lie asleep.