Romeo and Juliet Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet book cover
Start Your Free Trial

How does Shakespeare present love in Romeo and Juliet ?

Expert Answers info

mwestwood, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

bookM.A. from The University of Alabama


calendarEducator since 2006

write16,150 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

There are different forms of love in Romeo and Juliet

—Petrarchan Love

At the beginning of the drama, Romeo is the Petrarchan lover who bemoans his unrequited love. Petrarchan love is not a physical love, and it is unrequited as is Romeo's love for Rosaline, who has chosen to never to give up her "chastity" and to remain celibate. Romeo expresses the emotions of his suffering heart in oxymorons such as "cold fire" and "sick health." 

—Courtly Love

Courtly love is the love of a knight for his lady, who is a married noblewoman. It is unconsummated but passionate and elaborate in words. While Romeo's love for Juliet is not courtly love, Romeo speaks in terms of courtly love as he stands beneath Juliet's balcony in Act II, Scene 2:

Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek! (2.2.21-25).

—Passionate Love

Romeo and Juliet's love is...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 700 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now







Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

mrs-campbell eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2008

write2,159 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Arts

check Approved by eNotes Editorial