Valentine’s Day approaches, and that always puts me in a Shakespearean mood. This year with a new book -- O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell -- and a movie -- Letters to Juliet -- coming forth in the next few months, I have Romeo and Juliet on the brain.
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
Shakespeare’s lines have thrilled poetry-lovers and romantics for centuries and have inspired generations of pilgrims to seek out the star-crossed lovers in their hometown of Verona. Nevermind that there may never have been a Juliet in the first place... or that the place now known as Juliet’s House may never have belonged to a family called “Cappello.” The thrill is there nonetheless.
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