“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;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, thanks to the brilliant imagination of our beloved William Shakespeare, hold the title of most famous lovers. A family feud marked by hate and violence is never an ideal environment for budding romance, but when you add in the dynamics of a flawed marriage plan, tragedy is inevitable.
The first time I read the play, I was appalled by the scheme to bring the young couple together. Juliet swallowing a potion that would feign death, without Romeo’s knowledge, set the stage for the unthinkable to happen. Obviously, no one had given much thought to the possible consequences. But then, love is unpredictable, even with the wisest plan.
Perhaps this is the greatest takeaway, the parting gift from Romeo and Juliet to all lovers. The best way to avoid problems and face the unpredictable, goes back to keeping the lines of communication operating efficiently.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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So true 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.”
Good communication is necessary in any relationship, be it marriage, business, or friendship.
Well said! So many times there have been misunderstandings that were unnecessary!! A simple explanation that someone takes the time to listen to with an open heart is all that is required…
Until Shakespeare the only poetry I knew was all about trees, daffodils, clouds, bean-rows, or statues in desert places. Romeo and Juliet seemed particularly resonant in my young urban life, a powerful drama of love against the all the odds…
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Romeo and Juliet had a profound effort on me as well. Even today, there are parts of the play that I simply break down and weep at the tragedy of hatred and the seeming lack of alternatives for those caught up in its power. St Valentine’s – what better day to remember how blessed we are to love and be loved in return…
William Shakespeare, truly one of, if not our greatest export! It is remarkable isn’t it how he was able to connect with the hearts of so many all over the world and down through the ages.
“The star crossed lovers”, the misunderstandings that lead to tragedy. Just as potent today. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors??
Well said! Thank you for sharing your wisdom! I look forward to our visits!
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