“For never was a story of more woe;
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
Truly one of the most significant works of literature ever written in any language, “Romeo and Juliet” is one of Shakespeare’s most influential and enduring plays. So, we’ll be diving into it full force. Shakespeare's command of the English language is part prose, part poetry, part music and part word-play. So, have fun with it. You'll be better for the experience. I promise.
Everything you'll need for our “Romeo & Juliet” unit is on Canvas or has been handed out in class. If you have any questions, make sure you talk to Mr. DeMiero in class, PASS or at lunch.
Here are some great resources to help you dig deep into this wonderful play. By the way, if you find any that you think are helpful please post the link in the comments section below. Several of these links have come from student suggestions.
- Want a great way to decode Shakespeare's language? Check this out: Shakespeare's Words.
- Here's a great resource for you, too – an online version of the play exactly like our book!
- No Fear Shakespeare (Spark Notes): This is a wonderful resource that translates the play into modern English. If you read it online, there are additional notes embedded that are revealed with a mouse hover. Pretty sweet.
- So, if you think Shakespeare sounds a little funny in the 21st century, you should know that it sounded quite different than we think it did. Take a listen (and a look) at this: Shakespeare Original Pronunciation
- “Young love, old divisions” Don’t think there are modern-day R&J stories out there? This is one. Or how about this? "Romeo and Juliet-style tragedy leaves young woman dead." Here's another – In Iraq, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Portrays Montague and Capulet as Shiite and Sunni - NYTimes.com and this one, too: “Tragic Romeo & Juliet offers Bosnia hope”; or what about a version of the story from Rosaline’s perspective: You Weren't Supposed To Be Mine; and here’s an unsuccessful attempt to ban the video: Parents' challenge to film at school fails, but policies reviewed
- Want to download the entire play into your phone, Kindle, iPad or iPod in text form? There are several ways to do it and several good, free e-text readers out there. Once you figure out what you want to do, here’s the link to the free e-text version of the play: Romeo & Juliet
- This is an absolutely wonderful reference to the play called the Navigator. You’ll definitely find it useful, plus it also has Arthur Brooke’s “Romeus and Juliet” – the source poem first published in 1562 (before Shakespeare was born). It’s an epic poem and you’ll find that Shakespeare followed it closely.
- We will watch at least one film adaptation of the play, so here are some links that will help you better enjoy the film.
Audio: “Romeo & Juliet”
In order to help you better engage with the play, here are some audio files you may want to listen to here or on your iPod or similar device. They’re broken down into small files for you, too.