Romeo And Juliet

Paperback | July 11, 2004

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorBurton RaffelContribution byHarold Bloom

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most read and beloved of all stage works. Now the most extensively annotated version of the play to date makes it completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. The new edition is a rich resource for students, teachers, and the general reader.
Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. This version of Romeo and Juliet is unparalleled for its thoroughness and adherence to sound linguistic principles.
In his introduction, Raffel provides historical and social contexts that increase the reader’s understanding of the play. And in a concluding essay, Harold Bloom argues that Romeo and Juliet is unmatched in the world’s literature “as a vision of an uncompromising love that perishes of its own idealism and intensity.”

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most read and beloved of all stage works. Now the most extensively annotated version of the play to date makes it completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. The new edition is a rich resource for students, teachers, and the general reader.Eminent linguist and translator B...

Burton Raffel is professor of arts and humanities emeritus and professor of English emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Among his many edited and translated publications are Poems and Prose from the Old English, Cligès, Lancelot, Perceval, Erec and Enide, and Yvain, all published by Yale University Press. Harold Bloom...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 11, 2004Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300104537

ISBN - 13:9780300104530

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good starter This is the perfect play to start with when being introduced to Shakespeare... its easy to follow and get use to the language used
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Classic must read love story - might take some time to read though... #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This play contains some of S most poetic and beautiful writing - Queen Mab alone takes the cake. Sure the plot's a bit far-fetched, but most drama is. One of S's best for sure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This play contains some of S most poetic and beautiful writing - Queen Mab alone takes the cake. Sure the plot's a bit far-fetched, but most drama is. One of S's best for sure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This play contains some of S most poetic and beautiful writing - Queen Mab alone takes the cake. Sure the plot's a bit far-fetched, but most drama is. One of S's best for sure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy it We read this in 9th grade. It was a tragedy but I dislike this play. I like the book cover and the illustrations though. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It Althougb Romeo and Juliet were teenagers, the tragedy was really saddening to read. The book really helps you to gain a better understanding of the characters and the line by line translation gave me the play in English, which was really helpful.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously Is this S's best play? I think so, at least for language and poetry. Lear is more tragic, Hamlet more sophisticated, Macbeth is more intense, but this is ... beyond words.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book!! I enjoyed reading this book even though it has a tragic ending.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic of classics A classic book; I know we are all forced to read it in school, now time to read it on your own!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this im abou to buy this so ;)
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This is truly amazing ! I loved every second of this! it was amazing and It is truly one of the best love stories ever told!
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Graphic Adaptation, True to the Original Reason for Reading: Honestly, I hate Romeo & Juliet; I think it is the stupidest love story ever written, but I won't go into my views on that here. I read this adaptation solely because I was sent a review copy. I've read the play and seen it performed at Stratford Festival so am very familiar with the story and I found this to be a very well-written adaptation, true to the original. Written in modern English, which is how I prefer my Shakespeare. The story is very easy to read and unlike any other Campfire Classics I've read to date, this one had the occasional asterix to explain a perhaps uncommon word. The cover art is very pretty but not representational of the inside art which is illustrated as realistic 16th century Italian life. Well done and attractive. The book begins with a brief bio. of Shakespeare and a cast of main characters page and ends with a two-page spread of did-you-know type facts about Shakespeare, in general, and this play in particular. This is a perfect introduction to the play.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh..over rated Everyone is suppose to love Romeo and Juliet. I get it they are two star-crossed lovers. Personally I thought Romeo was a cry-baby. And at 13 can you really know true love?
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from woooowww this is the best book everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Date published: 2009-02-18

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“Raffel’s glossings are almost without exception accurate and scholarly and some of them will be downright revelatory. The attention he pays to sound and rhythm in his notes will remind students they should be reading Shakespeare aloud and that there is pleasure in doing so.”—Dale Richardson, The University of the South