What literary devices are in the following quote from Romeo and Juliet?: "My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is."
"My only love sprung from my only hate!" is an example of an exclamatory sentence. Shakespeare has written this sentence as an exclamatory sentence to indicate to the actor playing Juliet that her tone here should express an intense emotion—whether shock, deep frustration, or something else. In the same quotation, the repetition of the word "only" emphasizes how unfortunate Juliet thinks she is. She has "only" one love and "only" one hate, and so the fact that they are both linked seems highly unfortunate.
There is also repetition of the word "too" in the next part of the quotation. The repetition here again emphasizes Juliet's misfortune. She saw Romeo "too early," and found out about his family name "too late." There is also in this part of the quotation, and in the previous part of the quotation, syntactical parallelism . This is when the first half of a sentence mirrors the second half. For example, in the first sentence, we have "My only love" and "my only hate," and in the second sentence,...
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