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

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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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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