Metaphors for love tend toward the negative—from “falling” in love to being love-“struck” or “madly” in love. Writer Mandy Len Catron explores these metaphors and proposes a more positive alternative.
Think it’s crazy that the Capulets and Montagues got so carried away with the feud between their families? Here are some examples of long-running and deadly family feuds closer to home.
How does Romeo go from being head-over-heels for Rosaline to forgetting all about her when he meets Juliet? It’s the difference between infatuation and love.
It’s easy to imagine that Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers would have had a happier ending with the benefit of modern technology. A social researcher explores this idea more deeply.
Though not as poetic as Shakespeare, scores of tourists inscribe their own words of love on a wall outside what is billed as Juliet’s house in Verona, Italy.
Shakespeare is possibly the most famous playwright of all time, but much of his life is shrouded in mystery. Explore the timeline of events that shaped Shakespeare’s world. Then, explore the “In Search of Shakespeare” site to learn more about the man and his works.
Learn how certain kinds of writing can help after a romantic breakup.
Despite the popularity of the balcony scene in popular imagination, Shakespeare never mentions a balcony in any of his works. Find out why this idea persists.
Shakespeare wasn’t just a gifted writer; he was also possibly the greatest literary borrower of all time. Find out about some of his favorite sources for plots.
As Romeo and Juliet could tell you, it’s less difficult to fall in love than to sustain it. A columnist who participated in a famous experiment about falling in love shares her experience.
Warring families still try to stand in the way of true love today. Here’s a real-life Romeo and Juliet tale with a happier ending.
For years, heartbroken people have been sending letters to the city of Verona addressed to Juliet. In the 1990s, the city of Verona created the Juliet Club to deal with all the letters. Read the article, and then listen to the full story.
Read this article and view resources from Shakespeare’s time to learn how marriage customs then were similar to and different from those we observe in the 21st century.
Learn about a few of the ways in which you quote Shakespeare every day, without even knowing it!
Shakespeare’s great tragedy of love has been performed countless times, and each new generation gets its own film version of the play. Here is one critic’s opinion of which movie versions stand out.
A longtime drama teacher spells out the most important conventions of drama to understand when reading Shakespeare.
A professor shares her approach for teaching Shakespeare’s works to students whose first language is not English.
The director of England’s National Theatre admits that even he doesn’t always understand Shakespeare’s language. Read the article to find out why.
One scholar explains how Shakespeare’s characters can inspire us to be our truest selves.
Explore the connections between the rhythms and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays and hip-hop music with British MC Akala, artistic director of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company.