Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare I'd probably have a higher opinion of Romeo and Juliet if I hadn't had to teach it every semester to my Freshman English classes for 3 years.

But even second-rate Shakespeare is first rate English prose.

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Having just finished reviewing Stanley Wells' Shakespeare, Sex, and Love and rereading Romeo and Juliet, I have to reassign this play to the Bard's first tier. Like any good crit-lit, Shakespeare, Sex, and Love exposes a "tired old warhorse" in a new light, and a greater appreciation in the reader's eye.

What I don't understand is why our high schools teach this "pornography"? Has anyone alerted the Texas School Textbook Commission or the Family Research Council?