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-crossed lovers take their life,
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end naught could remove,
Is now the two hour's traffic of our stage,
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
~The opening to Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet is not really a love story. I mean really they meet one night at a party and decided to get married the next day. Shakespeare was trying to make a point that family arguments are silly.
I have never really cared all that much for Romeo and Juliet. It has always seem really silly to me, though I love the language.