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Which songs would fit perfectly for Act II of Romeo and Juliet?I need to make a medley...

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beary033 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM via web

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Which songs would fit perfectly for Act II of Romeo and Juliet?

I need to make a medley using 3-4 songs to basically explain Act II (mostly the balcony scene). I need songs that describe Juliet and Romeo's emotions during the whole scene. Thanks!

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 8, 2011 at 10:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Given that Act II, of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, is, perhaps, one of the most famous love scenes in all of drama, love songs would be the appropriate choice.

Here are some suggestions for songs that would fit perfectly in a montage to depict the scene.

1. "The Power of Love" by Celine Dion.

Lost is how I'm feeling, lying in your arms
When the world outside's too
Much to take
That all ends when I'm with you
Even though there may be times
It seems I'm far away
Never wonder where I am
'Cause I am always by your side.

This song makes perfect sense based upon the troubles that Romeo and Juliet are facing because of the feud between their families. Regardless of what is going on, both Romeo and Juliet feel most at ease when together.

2. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra.

Some day, when I'm awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you...
And the way you look tonight.

Yes you're lovely, with your smile so warm
And your cheeks so soft,
There is nothing for me but to love you,
And the way you look tonight.

This song depicts how Romeo is feeling as he looks up at Juliet on her balcony. Again, nothing in the world matters to either of them as long as they have their love and each other.

3. "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal.

I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray.
Ooh, the more I get of you
The stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray,
I've been kissed by a rose on the gray,
I've been kissed by a rose
I've been kissed by a rose on the gray,
...And if I should fall along the way
I've been kissed by a rose
...been kissed by a rose on the gray.

There is probably no more perfect song than this one by Seal. The reference to a rose mirrors the statement made by Romeo to Juliet in the scene: "That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet."

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