Romeo and Juliet Literary Devices

“Two households, both alike in dignity … our tool shall strive to mend” ForeshadowingDramatic IronyChorus
“we’ll not carry coals … we should be colliers … if we be in cooler … draw your neck out of collar: PunSampson and Gregory
“Ay, the head of the maids, or their maidenheads. Take it in what sense thout will” PunSampson
“What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate that word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee: Have at thee coward” characterizationTybalt
“If ever you disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace” foreshadowingPrince
“O brawling love, O loving hate … O heavy lightness, serious vanity … Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health” oxymoronRomeo
“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes; Being vex’d a sea nourished with lovers tears;” metaphorRomeo
“She’ll not be hit with cupids arrow. She hath Dian’s wit, And in strong proof of chastity well armed.” AllusionRomeo
“She is the hopeful lady of my earth. But woo her gentle Paris, get her heart; My will to her consent is but a part” CharacterizationCapulet
“I’ll look to like, if looking liking move” AlliterationJuliet
“I fear to early, for my mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars … with this nights revels and expire the term of a despised life, closed in my breast, by some vile forfeit of untimely death” ForeshadowingPremonitionRomeo
“It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night. LIke a rich jewel in an Ethiopes ear. SimileRomeo
“If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips two blushing pilgrims, ready stand, to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” MetaphorImageryRomeo
“If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed” ForeshadowingDramatic IronySimileJuliet

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