Please explain the theme of the song "What is a Youth?" in the 1968 movie version of Romeo and Juliet.
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The song "What is a Youth," performed during the party scene in Romeo and Juliet, is about the radical extremes associated with youth, particularly youth who are in love. Lines like the following also foreshadow many events of the play:
"A rose will bloom
It then will fade
So does a youth."
Already, early on in the movie, the end is foreshadowed in this song. As previously mentioned, this song also deals with the idea of the impetuous and radical nature of youth who are in love. It talks about how misguided these hormanal youths are. This is illustrated in the following lines:
"What is a youth? Impetuous fire.
What is a maid? Ice and desire.
The world wags on."
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