ROMEOThis holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips two blushing pilgrims did ready standTo smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.JULIETGood pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this, For saints have hands, that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.ROMEOHave not saints lips and holy palmers too?JULIETAy, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.ROMEOO, then dear saint, let lips do what hands do, They pray; grant thou, lest faith turn to despair ...
ROMEOThis holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips two blushing pilgrims did ready standTo smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.JULIETGood pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows in this, For saints have hands, that pilgrims' hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.ROMEOHave not saints lips and holy palmers too?JULIETAy, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.ROMEOO, then dear saint, let lips do what hands do, They pray; grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.JULIETSaints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.ROMEOThen move not while my prayer's effect I take.[Kisses Juliet.]Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged.JULIETThen have my lips the sin that they have took.ROMEOSin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged!Give me my sin again. [They kiss ag
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This book is filled with scholarship on Shakespeare and his play Romeo and Juliet. It is not even laid out nicely with the notes on one page and text on another. I had to buy this copy for a class, but would not purchase it again if given the choice.
May 31, 2012
High School Requirement
If you are reading this for school, check out SparkNotes or Cliff's Notes for a translation you can understand. Especially the No Fear Shakespeare on Spark Notes.
Apr 1, 2010
Not one of Shakespeare's more original plays
Romeo and Juliet, despite being one of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, is neither his most well-written or his most original. It is well known that the story was based on an older one by an Italian writer (who probably got his from another Italian writer), so the fact that it is not terribly original is unsurprising. The writing style, however, is also somewhat lacking; many sections are halting because of the changes in rhyming patterns that Shakespeare decided to use, which makes them harder to read. The characters, especially Romeo, were not very easy to connect with; this will change according to opinion, though, and fans of romance will probably like them better than I. All in all, this play does not have the smooth and interesting feel of Shakespeare's later works, but may still appeal to those who like the "star-crossed lovers" theme.
Feb 15, 2010
Having both read this play, and seen it several times, I can't say that I was impressed. Everything goes exactly wrong; it lacks realism, and, though the language is, well, Shakespearean, the story is not supportive. If you like Shakespeare, you will probably like this work; however, there are much better Shakespearean works that just lack the press that this one has.
Oct 12, 2007
I realize "Romeo and Juliet" are most people's favorite. The story is not as intense as "Macbeth" or "Hamlet". In fact the story is rather dull. It is difficult to care about two characters who are self centered. This soap operish plot is not fun to read.
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