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warriors40 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM via web

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What is the meaning of this quote "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!"

it is a quote from the play "Romeo and Juliet"  How would it relate to todays time?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:36 AM (Answer #1)

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This means that Juliet is realizing Romeo comes from the family that hater her family and whom her family hates. They have this on-going feud that was cited in the prologue that suggests it has been going on for sometime now. She hears this said from the Nurse when she is looking around the room at different guys asking who they are. This phrase comes out of her mouth rather quickly and she seemingly unintentionally reveals her love to the Nurse.

This is also important because in today's day and age, students regularly find people to date that their parents do not approve of. They might have a different belief system or they have poor behaviors in one shape or form.

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nyteknight | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 4, 2010 at 12:04 PM (Answer #2)

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Juliet finds herself deeply in love with a young man she met at a party at her home. Surrounded by other young men, he catches her eye. Not knowing his name, she asks her nurse, the woman who essentially raised her who this stranger is. The nurse informs her that he is Romeo, the only son of the Montague family, her family's rivals.

She remarks to her nurse that her only love, her soulmate has to come from a family her family is sworn to hate. Her comment of known too late reflects her feelings that she has already fallen in love with Romeo, despite whom he is.

This relates to today because many young people find themselves attracted to others that may not be acceptable to thier family because of race, religion, ethnic background, socio-economic status or political beliefs.

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