Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, Scene 5

When Romeo and Juliet interact for the first time they immediately begin to “talk in sonnets”. The religious nature of their “conversation” and their language of martyrdom ultimately predicts their upcoming tragic love affair.

Read the side-to-side translation here:


This link, and the following video, provides some analysis of the shared sonnet

This blog post offers a pretty solid discussion of this scene and the use of the sonnet as a literary and story telling device.

Men In Dark TimesThe world is not humane just because it is made by human beings, and it does not become humane just because the human voice sounds in it, but only when it has become the object of discourse. However much we are affected by the things of the world, however deeply they may stir and stimulate us, they become human for us only when we can discuss them with our fellows… We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human. | Hannah Arendt

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