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In Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, what are some different types of literary devices...

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tany1234tj | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM via web

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In Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet, what are some different types of literary devices that can be found in Act 3, scene 2? (with examples please)

 

Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,

Toward Phoebus' lodging. Such a wagoner

As Phaeton would whip you to the west
 
And bring in cloudy night immediately.
 
Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
 
That runaways' eyes may wink, and Romeo
 
Leap to these arms, untalked of and unseen.
 
Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
 
By their own beauties, or, if love be blind,
 
It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,
 
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black,
 
And learn me how to lose a winning match
 
Played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods.
 
Hood my unmanned blood bating in my cheeks,
 
With thy black mantle, till strange love, grow bold,
 
Think true love acted simple modesty.
 
Come, night. Come, Romeo. Come, thou day in night,
 
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
 
Whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back.
 
Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,
 
Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die,
 
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
 
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
 
That all the world will be in love with night
 
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
 
Oh, I have bought the mansion of a love,
 
But not possessed it, and though I am sold,
 
Not yet enjoyed. 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.

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 13, 2012 at 3:31 AM (Answer #1)

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The following are examples of personification:

The gray-eyed morn smiles on

the frowning night,/ Check‟ring the eastern clouds

with streaks of light (Act 2, scene 3)

 

Oh that deceit should dwell in such a beautiful place

 

The following are examples of oxymorons:

Beautiful tyrant, fiend angelical!

Dove-feathered raven, wolvish ravening lamb!

 

The following are examples of metaphors:

Whiter than new snow on a raven's back

Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun. 

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