Romeo and Juliet Quotations

“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs” Romeo; Metaphor; Love is a disappointment and clouds your mind.
“It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night/like rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear–“ Romeo; Simile; She stands out.
“My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand” Romeo; Personification/Metaphor; My lips are ready.
“The orchard walls are high and hard to climb” Juliet; Iambic Pentameter; The walls are high and hard to climb.
“It is the East, and Juliet is the sun” Romeo; Metaphor; Juliet is the light among the darkness.
“Thy old groans ring yet in mine ancient ears” Friar Laurence; Personification/Iambic Pentameter; I still remember your complaints clearly.
“She would be as swift in motion as a ball” Juliet; Simile; The nurse would be quick as a ball.
“Cheek of night” Romeo; Euphemism; Cheek of an African
“I mean, an we be in choler, we’ll draw./Ay, while you love, draw your neck out of collar.” Sampson and Gregory; Pun; What I mean is, if they make us angry we’ll pull out our swords./Maybe you should focus on pulling yourself out of trouble.
“Put up your swords. You know not what you do./What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?” Benvolio and Tybalt; Alliteration; Put your swords away. You don’t know what you’re doing./What? You’ve pulled out your sword to fight with these worthless servants?
“Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,/Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!” Romeo; Oxymoron; Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake—it’s everything except what it is!
“With Cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit./And in strong proof of chastity well armed./From love’s weak childish bow she lives uncharmed./She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow/Do I live dead that live to tell it now.” Romeo; Allusion; …by Cupid’s arrow. She’s as clever as Diana./And shielded by the armor of chastity./She can’t be touched by the weak and childish arrows of love./She’s sworn off love, and that promise has/left me alive but dead, living only to talk about it now.
“It is the shoemaker should meddle with his yard, and the tailor with his last, the fisher with his pencil, and the painter with his nets.” Peter; Juxtaposition; It is written that shoemakers and tailors should play with each others’ tools, that fisherman should play with paints, and painters should play with with fishing nets.
“Nay he’s a flower, in faith a very flower.” Nurse; Metaphor; No, he’s a fine flower, truly, a flower.
“Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face,/And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen:/Examine every married lineament,/And see how one another lends content;/And What obscured in this fair volume lies/Find written in the margent of his eyes.” Lady Capulet; Metaphor; Study Paris’s face/And find pleasure in his beauty:/Examine every line of his features/And see how they work together to make him handsome;/If you are confused/Just look into his eyes.
“Two such opposed kings encamp them still/In man as well as herbs–grace and ruse will;/And where the worser is predominant,/Full soon the canker death eats up the plant.” Friar Laurence; Simile/Juxtaposition; There are two opposite elements in everything,/In men as well as in herbs—good and evil./When evil is dominant,/death soon kills the body like cancer.
“O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!/Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?/Beautiful tyrant, fiend angelic,/Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb,” Juliet; Juxtaposition/Oxymoron; Oh, he’s like a snake disguised as a flower!/Did a dragon ever hide in such a beautiful cave?/He’s a beautiful tyrant and a fiendish angel!/He’s a raven with the feathers of the dove. He’s a lamb who hunts like a wolf!
“Shall I believe that unsubstantial Death is amorous,/And that the abhorred monster keeps/Thee here in dark to be his paramour?” Romeo; Personification; Should I believe that death is in love with you,/And that the awful monster keeps/You here to be his mistress?
“Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death./Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,/Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open./And in despite I’ll cram thee with more food.” Romeo; Personification; You horrible mouth of death!/You’ve eaten up the dearest creature on Earth./Now I’m going to force open your rotten jaws/And make you eat another body.
“From the world-wearied flesh. Eyes look your last.” Romeo; Alliteration; Eyes, look out for the last time!
“The roses in thy lips and cheeks shall fade/To wanny ashes, thy eyes’ windows fall/Like death when he shuts/Up the day of life;” Friar Laurence; Simile/Metaphor/Personification; The red in your lips and your cheeks will turn pale,/and your eyes will shut./It will seem like you’re dead.
“…Chain me with roaring bears… O’ercovered with dead mean’s rattling bones.” Juliet; Onomatopoeia; …Chain me up with wild bears… Hide me every night in a morgue full of dead bodies
“O friar, the damned use that word in hell;/howling attends it!/How hast thou the heart…” Romeo; Alliteration; Oh Friar, damned souls use the word banishment to describe hell./They howl about banishment.
“The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,” Friar Laurence; Personification; The smiling morning is replacing the frowning night.

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