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Title:Romeo and Juliet (BBC Radio Presents)
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Publisher:Random House Audio
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Category:Classics, Plays, Fiction, Romance, School

Romeo and Juliet (BBC Radio Presents) by William Shakespeare

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Romeo and Juliet (BBC Radio Presents) The permanent popularity now of mythic intensity of b Romeo and Juliet b is more than justified writes eminent scholar Harold Bloom since the play is the largest and most persuasive celebration of romantic love in Western literature .

William Shakespeare based his early romantic tragedy on Arthur Brooke s poem The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet Shakespeare s resulting masterpiece in turn has inspired countless retellings around the world in mediums that include literature dance stage and screen .

It is Shakespear all over and Shakespear when he was young declares William Hazlitt acclaimed British essayist and critic in his exuberant Introduction to this Modern Library edition .

Two households both alike in dignity In fair Verona where we lay our scene From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star cross d lovers take their life Whose misadventur d piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents strife Prologue .

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