William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet / Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young "star-cross'd lovers" whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet and Macbeth, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.

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ACT I - Scene I

[Enter Antonio, Solanio, and Salerio]


In sooth, I know not why I am so sad: 

It wearies me; you say it wearies you; 

But how I caught it, found it, or came by it, 

What stuff ’tis made of, whereof it is born,

I am to learn; 

And such a want-wit sadness makes of me, 

That I have much ado to know myself.



Your mind is tossing on the ocean;

There, where your argosies with portly sail, 


The Merchant of Venice / Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylock and the famous 'pound of flesh' speech. The title character is the merchant Antonio, not the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who is the play's most prominent and most famous character.

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