The Romance of Romeo and Juliet

Romance in the making

 This week I watched Letters To Juliet.  Based on the book ” Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine, the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love” by Lise Friedman and Ceil Friedman, the movie delves into letters written to Juliet of Verona.  Letters to Juliet  is an incredibly romantic movie and I would recommend it to women specifically.   

 But what is it about Romeo and Juliet that has captured people for centuries?  I have never read the play, but even I can quote a line or two from it.  “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!”   A quote I heard years ago on an episode of Charmed.  It stuck with me and it is  an incredibly romantic phrase.  Then there is the classic phrase I’m sure everyone knows. “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”I probably know more quotes than I realize.   

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

Author of a classic

William Shakespeare was an  amazing author.  To turn a tragic story into a great thing.  Wow.  Now, that still doesn’t make me want to see the play, or read it, but I get it.  Personally, I hate tragedy.  I would rather not end up crying at the end of a play, or movie.  I did that last week with Nights in Rodanthe. (by the way, that movie is so sad!)  I don’t need to cry. However, one day I might see the play done. Who knows.  

I do know that I would highly recommend Letters To Juliet to anyone.  The premise of the story is very sweet and charming.  The romance throughout the film incredible.  The ending? Well that is classic and though it may be somewhat predictable, no less romantic.  The film ends incredibly well, and I think I shall definitely look to own the it.
 
Signing off

~Kate 

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2 thoughts on “The Romance of Romeo and Juliet

  1. I’m a lifelong Shakespeare fan who has recently discovered the No Fear series of “translations” of the plays. Although I had considered myself comfortable with Elizabethan dialect, I’ve learned a lot from the No Fear
    books. However, especially in Romeo and Juliet, one is struck by how the
    pleasure in reading the play is in the language, not the plot. Side-by-side with modern English, Shakespeare’s poetry is even more luminous.

    • Oh, wow, I have never heard of the No Fear series. That is really very cool, as I have trouble at times reading Shakespeare. I get it when I see it in a play, Much Ado About Nothing is a fave of mine, but reading seems to lose some meaning. Seeing the side by side, I might actually be able to understand Romeo and Juliet. Thank you so much for reading, and posting. Shakespeare is so lyrical.

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