Poetry and Literacy Terms and Devices
Definition: The humorous use of a word or phrase to suggest to one or more meanings.
Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 39-41
Romeo- “The game was ne’er so fair, and I am done”
Mercutio- “ Tut! Dun’s the mouse, the constable’s own word! If thou art Dun, we’ll draw thee from the mire!”
Definition: Comparing two things without using the words like or as.
Act 2 Scene 2 Line 3
Romeo: “ Juliet is the sun”
Definition: When the audience knows something that the character(s) doesn't/don’t know.
Act 3 Scene 5 Line 93-94
Juliet: “ Indeed, I never shall be satisfied with Romeo, till I behold him -dead-”
Definition: A figure of speech that combines apparently contradictory terms.
Act 1 Scene 1 Line 181
Romeo: “ O brawling love, O loving hate.”
Definition: Using words to represent a vivid sensory experience.
Act 1 Scene 5 Line 55-56
Romeo: “ So shows a dove trooping with cross as yonder lady o’er her fellow shows.”
Definition: A speech an actor gives as though talking to him/herself
Act 2 Scene 2 Line 2
Romeo: “ But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?”
Definition: When something nonliving is given human characteristics.
Act 2 Scene 2 Line 4
Romeo: “ Arise, fair sun and kill the envious moon”
Definition: Comparing a character to a literary figure.
Act 1 Scene 1 Line 217
Romeo: “ Hath Dian’s wit”
Definition: Something that is said in the beginning and is done in the end.
Act 2 Scene 1 Line 49-50
Benvolio: “ Take thou some new infection to thy eye, and the rank poison of the old will die.”
Definition: A comparison of two things using the words like or as.
Act 3 Scene 1 Line 64-65
Mercutio: “ No, ‘tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church-door, but ‘tis enough, ‘twill serve.”
Definition: Words that start with the same sound in a sentence.
Prologue Line 5
“ From forth the fatal loins of these two foes”
Definition: When two lines rhyme.
Act 3 Scene 1 Line 158-159
Prince: “ Bear hence this body and attend our will. Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.