What examples of consonances are there in Act 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As was mentioned in the previous post, consonance is the repetition of sounds produced by consonants within a sentence or phrase. In Act Two, Scene 1, Mercutio employs consonance throughout his conversation with Benvolio in line four by saying, "And, on my life, hath stol'n him home to bed." The repetition of the consonant "h" in the words "hath, him, and home" is an example of consonance.

Further along in their conversation, Benvolio employs consonance by saying, "Blind is his love and best befits the dark" (Shakespeare 2.1.32). The repetition of the consonant "b" in the words "blind, best, and befits" is another example of consonance.

At the beginning of Act Two, Scene 3, Friar Lawrence employs consonance while he is speaking to himself as he is walking through his garden. In line six, Friar Lawrence says, "The day to cheer and night’s dank dew to dry." The repetition of the consonant "d" in the words "dank, dew, and dry" is also an example of consonance.

Tamara K. H. eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since consonance is the repetition of consonants in syllables that are accented, especially final syllables, we can look for consonance in beginning syllables as well, as in Robert Frost's opening words, "Whose woods," in "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening."

One example we see is in Romeo's opening speech in Scene 2 of Act 2. Line six begins with "That thou," creating consonance with the repetition of the -th sound followed by different vowels. The phrase "She speaks," in both lines 12 and 14, is another example, with a repeated -s sound at both the beginning and ending syllables.

Another good example is found further down. In the phrase "white-upturned wond'ring" the -w sound is repeated on stressed syllables, followed by different vowels.

Finally, we have a double consonance towards the end of this scene in Romeo's phrase "I'll still stay." First, there is a repetition of the double -l sound and then a repetition of the -st sound.

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