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Tell literary devices and interpret, "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early...

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jwessl | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 20, 2007 at 8:17 AM via web

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Tell literary devices and interpret, "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is."

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 21, 2007 at 1:18 AM (Answer #1)

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This section means that Juliet will only ever love Romeo, and that he is, unfortunately, a Montague, which means he's one of her family's sworn enemies. It also refers to the way she learns who he is after they fall in love.

As far as literary devices, there is repetition ("my only,") rhyme (hate/late), parallel structures (too early, too late), possible hyperbole (is this really her only love?) foreshadowing (this love does turn out to be "prodigious," in that it kills both of them), metaphor (the love is not born, and doesn't spring), and rhythm, to name the core devices.

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