7lectureRomeo - Romeo and Juliet 2: love and marriage....

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Romeo and Juliet 2: love and marriage. Lecture structure: 1. What is love in Romeo and Juliet ? a.) older models of love (Petrarchan poetry) b.) the new sonnets and companionate love Romeo starts the play not in love with Juliet, but in love with a woman called Rosaline, who we never meet on the stage. Early in the play, Benvolio is sent to find Romeo and comes across him writing love poetry to Rosaline. This scene tells us a lot about Romeo’s character and mostly that he is very immature. In the 1590s, Shakespeare wrote a series of very famous sonnets. A sonnet is a poem with 14 lines, a set rhyme scheme, and a rhythm of ten beats per line (called iambic pentameter). The sonnet tradition started in Italy, and its most famous practitioner was Petrarch (1304- 74) who developed sonnet form and wrote a series of poems to a married woman called Laura. Two hundred years later, this style of poetry became very popular in England. Pioneered by Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Earl of Surrey. Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-42) translating one of Petrarch’s Italian poems: Sonnet XVII I find no peace and all my war is done. I fear and hope, I burn and freeze like ice. I fly above the wind yet can I not arise.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/26/2010 for the course ENGLISH 162 taught by Professor Dubrow during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

Page1 / 3

7lectureRomeo - Romeo and Juliet 2: love and marriage....

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online