Study Guide

Romeo and Juliet What's Up With the Title?

By William Shakespeare

What's Up With the Title?

Yep: the full title of the 1599 version of the play reads The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. We happen to think "excellent and lamentable" is a pretty accurate description of the play. Other than that, the title is pretty straightforward: the play is a tragedy about two crazy kids named Romeo and Juliet.