Describe the style of writing used in Romeo and Juliet. Is the prologue a sonnet? William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is entirely poetic. Besides the sonnets found in the Prologues of Act One and Act Two, and the meeting of Romeo and Juliet for the first time in Act One, Scene 5--"If I profane with my unworthiest hand...." (ll.88-112)--the remainder of the play is written entirely in blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter [where each line usually contains ten syllables and every other syllable is stressed].
In addition to the blank verse and sonnets, Shakespeare employs much light/dark imagery. For instance, Romeo speaks of Juliet in images of light: "Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright (I,v,41), and Act Two is replete with light images in Romeo's balcony monologue:
But, soft! ...
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