Alt Version, Romeo & Juliet

Recently discovered manuscripts written in Shakespeare’s own hand provide valuable insights to the Bard’s writing process. Half finished, or discarded sonnets, and partially written scenes of his plays are a wealth of information and speculation. It has been suggested by some scholars that Shakespeare often grappled with writer’s block. Frustrated by the process of finding words and putting thoughts to paper he would in exasperation create an alternate story line from the original theme. A clear example of this is seen below.

Romeo & Juliet

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene.
Dear Capulet, Dear Montague lay down your strife.
Handsome Romeo takes fair Juliet as wife.
Proud, loving parents happy as can be,
Not a tear jerk ending for you see!
Ev’ryone lives happily ever after.


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