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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Notes on "Romeo and Juliet" (4)

Act II
Prologue

Line 8  And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks
simply, imho, one of the most beautiful verses ever

Scene i

Line 2  . . . and find thy centre out
playing on syntax, Romeo seems to hint at his personal center now being out of himself -- in Juliet

Scene ii

Line 3  . . . and Juliet is the sun
O sole mio. . .

Line 34  Deny thy father and refuse thy name
A request like those made by Christ in the Gospels (Luke 14.26). See also Psalm 45.10, a bridal song, though the words are spoken to "her," the princess, in that case.

Lines 92-3  . . . at lovers' perjuries
They say Jove laughs
"they" who? An unusual role for the father of the gods and illegitimate children

Line 144  Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow
tomorrow! 14 y.o. Juliet wastes even less time than her father will

Line 163  With repetition of my Romeo's name
possibly with reference to the echo: Romeo... meo... meo... (i.e. mio, "mine own," in Medieval Italian)