In Romeo and Juliet, how is interest sustained with structure and dramatic features even though the outcome of the play is foretold in the Prologue?

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Replete with the beauty of Shakespeare's language and fast-moving action, Romeo and Juliet captivates almost any audience.

Poetic Devices

  • There are 3 sonnets in this play:  the two Prologues, and the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in Act I, Scene 5 in which each speaks 7 lines.
  • The entire play is written in blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter with scenes ending with a rhyming couplet.
  • Romeo often speaks in the verse of courtly love.

It is my lady; O, it is my love!
O that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold; 'tis not to me she speaks.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return. (2.2.10-16)

  • Beautiful figurative language is used throughout the drama
  • Light/Dark imagery serves throughout the play to enhance the beauty of the verse as well as the motif that Romeo and Juliet are safer in the night than in the day.

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