Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears:
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet.
Romeo and Juliet, 1,1
Love makes you go, “ah” doesn’t it?
Or does it? A “choking gall”? Finding quotations from Shakespeare to sweeten your current relationship is a cheapening of what reading is about. I don’t want to be an old curmudgeon, but the Hollywood film and now the stage play Shakespeare in Love, are both fun exercises in making love a little nicer than how I read it in the texts: great when things are going well in your relationship but not so spot on when jealousy enters or a wandering eye you can’t control.
Shakespeare in Love is different to Love in Shakespeare. That is what we read in the mountains: five plays that take in the highs and the lows. It may not make you go “ah” but it will enrich your life.