Is Romeo's language different to Juliet in Act II, Scene 2? Why?

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In "Romeo and Juliet" the two young lovers speak to each other only three times: when they first meet in Act I, Scene v; when they pledge their love to each other in Act II, Scene ii; and after they are married in Act III, Scene v.  So, in each meeting their relationship differs, and Romeo's attitude is different.

At their first meeting, Romeo is formal and his words are poetic as was customary for young men wooing a lady.  The conversation between them is a sonnet:  Romeo says 7 lines, Juliet 7. There is a sense of urgency in the formality.  However, in Act II, Scene ii, Romeo releases his passionate words, feeling safe in the night.  He uses much light/dark imagery (starstruck). In their third meeting, their conjugal meeting in which his passion is now satisfied, unlike Juliet who would remain in the loving moment, Romeo becomes more rational, now realizing in the morning the possible consequence of their marrying: "More light and light.  More dark and dark our woes!" 

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