Romeo and Juliet Author:William Shakespeare W.H. Auden writes in his "Comments on the Poetry and Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"...the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is one that could only occur to two people who loved each other very much. Yet the fact that they killed themselves is, in the profoundest sense, a failure of love, a proof of selfishness...Romeo and Juliet are tragic figures beca... more »use both are absolutely committed and can truthfully say "Either you or no one," but when fate answers "no one," the love they bear each other is not perfect enough to support them and they destroy themselves.
Edited by Francis Fergusson, commentary by W.H. Auden