Actually, Romeo is talking to his cousin Benvolio about his love for the fair Rosaline in this quote. My only love sprung from my only hate!
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Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy. Was it really written in the stars that Romeo and Juliet would meet and fall in love? In case you were wondering, Juliet is only 13 years old during this tragedy. But soft! It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! Romeo exclaims these famous words as he watches Juliet leave her bedroom chamber to look out at the night sky. The image he chooses to represent Juliet is the sun, which is interesting because the sun is traditionally associated with the masculine in world mythologies.
Although we typically associate the sun with the masculine and the moon with the feminine, many ancient religions reversed these roles. Perhaps Shakespeare is using these older associations to make interesting comments on the fungible nature of gender identity. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
O, be some other name! That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. See how she leans her cheek upon her hand, O that I were a glove upon that hand that I might touch that cheek!
William Shakespeare quotes about love - Wikiquote
Like any young lover, Romeo is impatient to have Juliet all to himself. By contrast, Juliet seems more in control of her emotions, especially in this balcony scene. Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow. Etymologists also believe the Ancient Greeks had a word to describe this unique taste.
Chapter 2 - The Subject of Love in Romeo and Juliet
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O, be some other name! What's in a name?
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Romeo, doff thy name, And for that name which is no part of thee Take all myself. I take thee at thy word: Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized; Henceforth I never will be Romeo. What man art thou that thus bescreen'd in night So stumblest on my counsel? By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am: My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, Because it is an enemy to thee; Had I it written, I would tear the word.
My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words Of that tongue's utterance, yet I know the sound: Art thou not Romeo and a Montague?
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Neither, fair saint, if either thee dislike. How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore? The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, And the place death, considering who thou art, If any of my kinsmen find thee here. With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out, And what love can do that dares love attempt; Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me. If they do see thee, they will murder thee.
Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet, And I am proof against their enmity. I would not for the world they saw thee here. I have night's cloak to hide me from their sight; And but thou love me, let them find me here: My life were better ended by their hate, Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.
By whose direction found'st thou out this place? By love, who first did prompt me to inquire; He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes.
Thou know'st the mask of night is on my face, Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night Fain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny What I have spoke: but farewell compliment! Dost thou love me?
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I know thou wilt say 'Ay,' And I will take thy word: yet if thou swear'st, Thou mayst prove false; at lovers' perjuries Then say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully: Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won, I'll frown and be perverse an say thee nay, So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world.