Poetry Friday: Ah….Love, Sweet Love

Romeo enters the Capulet’s orchard and sees Juliet in her window…

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

Go here and read more of Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony scene.
Becky’s Book Reviews is hosting Poetry Friday today.

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Time to weigh in…Do teens believe in love at first sight a la Romeo and Juliet? At all costs? Or, are they more cynical about love at first sight, or even just love, in this day and age?  

What about you–do you believe in love at first sight?  I’ll let you know my opinion on this once I close the poll next week.

Chris, I hope you approve of the questions on the poll.  See what you inspired, after our discussion about this, some time ago?

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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