Love, sex and death in Romeo and Juliet

@article{Mackenzie2007LoveSA,
  title={Love, sex and death in Romeo and Juliet},
  author={Clayton G. Mackenzie},
  journal={English Studies},
  year={2007},
  volume={88},
  pages={22 - 42}
}
In developing ideas of sex and death, Romeo and Juliet draws from a rich well of iconic and emblematic tradition. Sexuality and death have been linked in art and literature since ancient times. Winged Eros decorates the lids of Roman sarcophagi; and Homer’s Iliad, perhaps the supreme narrative achievement of antiquity, plaids the destruction of a civilisation with a sexual tryst, deftly interlacing the carnivorous passion of Troy’s war and the carnal appetites of its origins. In Shakespeare’s… 
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