The Old English language used by Shakespeare poses a comprehension challenge to most students, and that’s where the BookCaps series of study guides come in. BookCaps guides provide the original text back-to-back with a plain-English translation of each line or stanza. BookCaps guides are available for all of Shakespeare’s major works, as well as for other classics of literature and nonfiction.
About BookCaps’ translation of Romeo and Juliet (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 in Kindle edition), Amazon reviewer Beth Elliot says:
For a $3 purchase on kindle, this was an excellent buy. In school we are reading Shakespeare, and I was having trouble understanding what I was reading. This book is a great translation of the original text and I will be purchasing more if they come up.
If you are still hesitant, consider the original text versus this translation.
Original Text –
Sampson : “Gregory, o’ my word, we’ll not carry coals.”
Gregory : “No, for then we should be colliers.”
Sampson : “I mean, an we be in choler, we’ll draw.”
Gregory : “Ay, where you live, draw your neck out o’ the collar.”
Sampson : “I strike quickly, being moved.”
Bookcaps translation –
Sampson : “I swear, Gregory, we will not stand by and be treated like servants.”
Gregory : “We are servants, you fool.”
Sampson : “I mean, if they want to fight, I’m ready.”
Gregory : “The only thing you will fight is the death penalty.”
Sampson : “I will fight in a minute, if someone messes with me.”
This is a great buy for anybody who needs Shakespeare help.
Other titles in the Kindle format BookCaps Shakespeare series (all currently priced at $3.99 or less) include: