What are some examples of literary devices used by Shakespeare to present the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in act 1, scene 5?

Some examples of literary devices used by Romeo and Juliet when they first meet in act 1, scene 5 include simile, metaphor, personification, antithesis, hyperbole, and punning. For example, Romeo uses a simile when he compares Juliet to "a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear."

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Of the various literary devices used to present the meeting of Romeo and Juliet, the most striking is the creation of a perfect sonnet between them as they speak their first words to one another. The sonnet is the quintessential form of romantic poetry, and Shakespeare wrote a celebrated sequence of them, so it is not surprising that the form plays an important role in his most romantic play. The prologue of Romeo and Juliet is also a sonnet, but the poem created here has far more significance, since it is formed with the lovers' own words to one another.

The sonnet itself is full of literary devices. Romeo opens with two metaphors. Juliet's hand is a shrine, and his lips are "two blushing pilgrims." Juliet, instead of pulling her hand away in alarm, supplies the second quatrain, with an ingenious play on words, connecting the words "palmer" and "palm" with the image of hands placed together in prayer. The third quatrain is split between Romeo and Juliet, as is the couplet , which precedes their...

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