Please see the answer to a similar question posted nearby, as it deals with figurative language used in the lines just below.
Death is personified here. Personification gives human-like qualities to inanimate objects or abstract concepts. Death has no physical qualities until Shakespeare (through the voice of Romeo) makes him not only human but amorous. (If you don't know what "amorous" means, do look it up.) Then ask yourself, why is Romeo saying that Death is amorous? Why give "the lean abhorred monster" such a positive human quality?
You will see in the other answer how connotations are mentioned. This concept is extremely important when you are explaining figurative language in...
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