Part Two is here.
I am always intimidated to speak my mind about uber-classics like this one. Not because I fear to blabber like an idiot (which is something I definitely do), but because it feels redundant and unnecessary. So I'm going to keep this realy short.
I had read this before in high school, and remembered this play as Very Serious Literature. Slightly boring, slightly tragic. But I really wanted to kick Romeo and make Juliet come to her senses. How come she came involved with such a dumbass? Of course, I read this translated to Spanish. In this reread, I have used a bilingual edition. One of those nifty books with the text in original English and translation side by side, with notes and a critical essay. And it has made all the difference. It turns out that Shakespeare is really funny! And his commentary is not full of judgement - Romeo and Juliet does not condemn the lovers, as I had been made to believe in high school. The text is full of sexual innuendo and jokes of not-really-respectable nature. He was able to elicit laughter and sadness in the same sentence.
I am a converse, and really looking forward to reading more Shakespearean literature! What are your favorite Shakespeare plays?