It was among shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Romeo and juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.
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 in 1567. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops.
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Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play. This text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare's original.
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