Romeo and Juliet Literary Devices

astronomical imagery It is imagery relating to astronomy. For example, “Take him and cut him out in little stars,” (Juliet 3.2.22).
light imagery It is imagery relating to light. For example, “And pay no worship to the garish sun” (Juliet 3.2.25).
other imagery It is visually descriptive or figurative language (Google). For example, “As Phaeton would whip you to the west,” (Juliet 3.2.3).
metaphors It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable (Google). For example, “Whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back” (Juliet 3.2.19).
similes It is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind (Google). For example, “So tedious is this day As is the night before some festival To an impatient child that hath new robes And may not wear them” (Juliet 3.2.28-31).
personification It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman (Google). For example, “By their own beauties, or, if love be blind,” (Juliet 3.2.9).
classical allusions It is a reference to a classical work. For example, “Towards Phoebus’ lodging; such a waggoner As Phaeton would whip you to the west,” (Juliet 3.2.2-3).
alliteration It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words (Google). For example, “Now, nurse, what news?” (Juliet 3.2.34).
foreshadowing It is something that is being a warning or an indication of a future event (Google). For example, “Give me my Romeo, and when I shall die,” (Juliet 3.2.21).
reversed thought It is a thought that reverses itself. For example, “For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night, Whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back” (Juliet 3.2.18-19).
pun It is a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings (Google). For example, “Hood my unmann’d blood, bating in my cheeks,” (Juliet 3.2.14).
wordplay It is the witty exploitation of the meanings and ambiguities of words, especially in puns (Google). The example is the same as the example for pun.
repetition It is the action of repeating something. For example, “Come, night, come, Romeo, come, thou day in night,” (Juliet 3.2.17).

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