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What mythological god does Romeo refer to when he explains how he climbed the orchard walls?

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In Act II Scene 2, when asked by Juliet how he climbed the walls, Romeo says:

With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls;
For stony limits cannot hold love out:

the famous winged love god was Cupid. This would mirror what Mercutio said about Romeo in the previous scene, where he invokes "Young auburn Cupid".

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Well, he implies the god, rather than stating his name directly, but it is Cupid. Romeo speaks of using "love's light wings" to get over the wall.

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Romeo refers to Cupid. He doesn't straight out say it is Cupid, but Cupid is a big god in this love story because Romeo and Juliet fell in love at first sight.

And once Cupid shoots his bow at someone, the person they first see is the person they're going to fall in love with.

Also, Cupid is one of the only god with wings and is the best known with wings.