The tone of the play is highly emotional, exhibiting powerful feelings of love, hatred, anger, joy, sorrow, regret, and despair.
In discussing the deep emotions in the play, essayist and literary critic William Hazlitt (1778-1830) wrote the following: ] has the sweetness of the rose, it has its freshness too; if it has the languor of the nightingale's song, it has also its giddy transport; if it has the softness of a southern spring, it is as glowing and as bright. Romeo and Juliet are in love, but they are not love-sick.
: Elderly and unattractive woman who is Juliet's attendant, confidante, and messenger.
She has been with Juliet since the girl was an infant, serving as her wet nurse and in many ways as her mother.
Verona is in northern Italy about sixty-five miles west of Venice.
The ruler of Verona at the time of the legendary Montague-Capulet feud was Bartolomeo della Scalla, who died in 1304. Part of the action in the play takes place in Mantua.
The drama probably debuted on the stage in 1596 or 1597.
Over the centuries, it has become an audience favorite.
This reluctance explains the fact that only eighteen of Shakespeare's plays were printed during his lifetime. Brooke's work, a long narrative poem, was based on a French version (1559) of the tragedy by Pierre Boiastuau (circa 1517-1566).
They were published in small pamphlets called quartos, which sold for only sixpence a piece. In turn, Boiastuau based his story on a 1554 Italian work by Matteo Bandello (1485-1561), a monk and author of two hundred fourteen tales.