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Reading Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (The Prologue)

In this worksheet, students explore the Prologue to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in order to understand its content and analyse the writer's craft.

'Reading Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (The Prologue)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel, Eduqas, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   Romeo and Juliet

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Firstly, read the Prologue to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

 

 

The Prologue

 

Scene - Verona; Mantua.

Enter Chorus.

 

CHORUS: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;

Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows

Doth, with their death, bury their parents' strife.

The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

And the continuance of their parents' rage,

Which, but their children's end, naught could remove,

Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;

The which if you with patient ears attend,

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.


 


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