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What examples of Rhyming Couplets are there in Romeo and Juliet. Can you include the...

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thegatorsquad | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 16, 2012 at 4:01 AM via web

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What examples of Rhyming Couplets are there in Romeo and Juliet. 

Can you include the Act, scene, and line so I can look at it. I don't need the explanation I just need an example. I probably could figure it out myself. I just have trouble finding examples of Rhyming couplets in books.

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yaday | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM (Answer #1)

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The prologue(Act I) contains a rhyming couplet:   

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Another example can be found in Act I scene III

LADY CAPULET
What say you? can you love the gentleman?
This night you shall behold him at our feast;
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.
This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
To beautify him, only lacks a cover:
The fish lives in the sea, and 'tis much pride
For fair without the fair within to hide:
That book in many's eyes doth share the glory,
That in gold clasps locks in the golden story;
So shall you share all that he doth possess,
By having him, making yourself no less.

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