A Pair of Star Crossed Lovers
Two households which are both alike,
By day by night, by swords do fight,
In thee fair Verona where our scene is laid,
Is where we find a young, beautiful and love-struck maid,
From ancient grudges it breaks to new mutiny,
But from their eyes these two lovers cannot see,
Now civil blood dirties the civil hands,
And mothers do plot some scheming marriage plans,
From which the wombs of these two enemies,
A young couple dreams that they are free,
Star-crossed lovers take their very lives away,
To be together in a new better day,
Their untimely end, buries their sad parents strife,
By using a happy, unwieldy sacred knife,
Their fearful love reeked with such young despair,
Does take the place of anger in the thick air,
The continuance of their angered parents’ duel,
Does which end when the lovers lives do cool,
And nothing but their children’s end could but change,
Their hateful and unadulterated rage,
Here today I tell you their great ordeal,
And hope that their fierce passion you can feel,
Listen close, for this poem did show,
The story of Juliet and her dear Romeo.
DEAR CALEB FEATURE ARTICLE
I am faced with a really hard decision and I need help quick. I am currently married to the man I love but our parents are enemies and know nothing of the marriage. They are arranging a marriage for me to marry this guy, who is a pompous jerk which my parents only like because he is rich. What am I supposed to do? Should I just run away with the love of my life my husband and never see my family again? Or should I marry this guy and not be disowned by my family and thrown out into the streets?
Vexed in Verona
Dear Vexed in Verona,
It is quite the situation you have on your hands. From what you have said it seems like you truly love this “husband” of yours. I congratulate you on your independence and strong will, however someone in your situation is going to have to make a decision that will affect them for the rest of their life. When you got married, you took vows that state “till death do us part”. It seems that your husband is your happiness, your love, your life. My dear go, go with your husband. Runaway and have a happy life together and live it as it was meant to be. You deserve to live your life, don’t make the wrong decision and live a life, of sorrow, sadness, and pain. Follow your heart and go with your husband, be happy.
P.S. God bless you VIV and may God bring you two closer together.
Love, love is seen throughout the entire story of Romeo and Juliet. I focused on the topic love because it is inside everyone and everything. Throughout the story of Romeo and Juliet love is expressed through life, happiness, sadness, and death. Although it has many faces it is something we face every day. I have written a poem and an advice column to depict some of the aspects of love in Shakespeare’s story. One is a poem about the story of Romeo and Juliet and the other an advice column, a letter from Juliet.
From start to finish I had found out something that it takes a while to understand. But it is not something that you can just look up, it takes some learning, reading, and listening. However, you will have to discover this thing yourself. And once you do, you’ll know what it is, trust me.
During the study of Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet I have gone through the journey that they have. I had read, listened to, and watched their entire love story. Understanding the Shakespearean language and understanding the love story he wrote. Reading the play has made me really take a look at literature and want to analyze it and find the reason why the author wrote what they did. Certain parts of the play made me stop and reflect real life situations and how that was probably part of Shakespeare’s plan all along, to keep the audience thinking and always intrigued.