Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I had wanted to read Shakespeare for a long time , and I also wanted to do it with one of his most adapted and widely spread works, Romeo and Juliet . Whenever I left home for a while, I took a copy with me, believing that outside my city I would find the best time to read it, but for reasons that I can’t quite make out, I never read it until now, curiously being in what they call the city of love and light. However, now that I’ve done it, I don’t know if I’ll regret it because, although there will be rereadings, I won’t be able to enjoy this fascinating first one again.

Precisely that fascination, that taste for what is read, is what I thought was necessary to write a review quickly and easily, but the truth is that I do not know how to approach this work. For me his greatness is so great that I don’t think any of my words make it clear how I have admired the English author in every word and phrase, on every page. I don’t even see myself with the right to value it. Although I don’t think it’s necessary either: Romeo and Juliet is not there for its readers to enter into considerations, but simply for them to enjoy. Yes, it is a work to enjoy, to enjoy, to admire Literature and get carried away by a story that, on the other hand, everyone, even those who have not read a single page, already know.romeo-and-juliet-book.jpgIn the play we are spectators of the tragic story of two young lovers, Romeo and Juliet, whose passion is born at the very point of meeting at a party. In those moments their hearts seem to swell with happiness and illusion, but a few minutes go by until they discover, not without horror, that one comes from the Montagues and the other from the Capulets, two old and rich families clearly at odds. Despite this, Romeo and Juliet are not able to avoid the intensity of her feelings and decide to marry in secret, always helped by her nurse and the good priest Fray Lorenzo. However, the rivalry between their families is such that a series of misunderstandings and sword fights end up causing the lovers to commit suicide, believing that it is the only way to be together.

This brief and emotional play makes us see the value of knowing how to listen, of being patient and respectful, but above all it shows us, page by page and always with love in the foreground, what kind of results are obtained from pride, contempt and fight. In short, Shakespeare teaches us what in the end the parents of young lovers end up learning: that love has no borders and surpasses everything, and that hate only leads to misfortune and misfortune, a timeless lesson that we should all have. always present.

Keep in mind, however, that Romeo and Juliet is not an easy read. Not at least at first. It was written more than four centuries ago and therefore has a particular style and language, different from those we read in today’s novels. It would be said that the characters sing rather than speak, and not just anything but poetry. Each word is consciously chosen -also in the translation- so that the whole is a kind of melody that, depending on how it distracts you from its understanding, not from the enchantment. This is Shakespeare: it is not only history and plot, it is also language, beauty and harmony.romeo-and-juliet-page.jpgBut remember that the passion of Romeo and Juliet is to love what Shakespeare is to literature : something great, a base, a reference, the ideal… an essential and compulsory reading.

But, silence! What light makes its way through that window? It is the East, and Juliet the sun! Arise, splendid sun, and kill the envious moon, languid and pale with resentment because you, her maiden, have surpassed her in beauty! Do not serve her, she is envious! Her vestal headdress is sickly and yellowish, and it is nothing but jesters who wear it. Scrap it! She is my owner! Oh, it’s my love! Oh, if she only knew!… She speaks…; but nothing is heard; but what does it matter? Her eyes speak; I will answer them!… I am too daring. It’s not me she’s talking to. Two of the brightest stars in all heaven, having some business, beg his eyes to shine in their spheres until his return. What if her eyes were in her firmament and the stars on her face? The glow of her cheeks would put those stars to shame, like daylight to that of a lamp! Her eyes would launch from the celestial vault such clear rays through the ethereal region, that the birds would sing, believing the dawn had arrived!… Look how she rests her cheek on her hand! Oh! Who was the glove of that hand to be able to touch that cheek!”