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Poetic Language in 'Romeo + Juliet'

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Poetic Language in 'Romeo + Juliet' 'Romeo + Juliet' is a play written by William Shakespeare earlier in his career, it showcases two 'star-crossed lovers' bid to be together. The play was originally shown at the Globe theatre and continues to be shown throughout the world. The play displays many themes throughout including individual versus society and love as a cause of violence as Romeo and Juliet fall in love through their families grudge. The play uses poetry to show the higher classes and prose to show the servants, this is just one of the many poetic techniques Shakespeare uses to show the meaning of the play. Shakespeare uses many poetic devises to express the feelings and emotions of the characters. Different language is also used to show what the characters know. In the Balcony scene Romeo expresses, his love for Juliet, of how beautiful she is, using a metaphor to signify her beauty, 'and Juliet is the sun' this shows that Romeo sees Juliet as bright and important because the Sun is important in everyday life. ...read more.


In this scene, the story line develops quickly and Romeo and Juliet's whirlwind romance deepens with a proposal. The text starts slow and mellifluous as Romeo and Juliet both stretch out their speech including a lot of detail, Shakespeare has done this to really define the change in pace when the Nurse interrupts the scene and causes Romeo and Juliet to part. There is also a change in dominance as Romeo begins being more of the dominant character as he expresses his love for Juliet and she is taken aback but nearer the end the dominance switches as he starts to beg for her to marry him, his sentences are short as Juliet cuts him off showing her upper hand, 'If my heart's dear love,' This is in contrast to what the people of the Elizabethan time would have expected because the male was always seen as the more dominant species and would always be in control, but Shakespeare flipped this concept to make it more interesting. ...read more.


Juliet wonders to why the grudge is there, and that Montague is only a name and that if Romeo was to have any other name she would be able to love him. This scene is mostly about Romeo and Juliet's expression of love. The theme of individual versus society comes across in this scene when Juliet talks about how Romeo is a Montague but she loves him dearly, 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.' Also the theme of love as a cause of violence occurs because Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love despite the fact their families have an 'ancient grudge'. If I was in the same position I would feel exactly the same torn between my head and my heart, whether to abide by my families wishes or to go with the one I love. I think that the text is described in such a detailed and insightful way, with all the different poetic devises creating a accurate image. ...read more.

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