Where did William Shakespeare get the idea for his play Romeo and Juliet?

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Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" comes from at least three different sources. The first may have been found as far back as the fourth century in Greece. Next, an Italian name Luigi da Porto was the first to name the lovers as Romeo and Giulietta under the title of "The History of Two Noble Families." Another source, and probably the more direct one, was the poem by Arthur Brooke, an English writer, whose title wasThe Tragicall Historye of Romeous and Juliet. No matter the source, however, Shakespeare added elements of literature and language which gave rise to his own credit as an artist, writer, and story-teller. Shakespeare prepared the story and made it fit to the stage by contributing his own flare for wit, tension and passion.

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