Romeo and Juliet Prologue Meaning Flashcard Example #23254

Two households, both alike in dignity
2 houses that are alike in the levels of social class; both very wealthy
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
setting/place is Verona, Italy
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Past/old arguments form into new arguments
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean
where civilian murder makes civilians guilty
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
children of these enemies family’s
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life
2 people from opposite households kill themselves
Whose misadventure’d piteous overthrows
whose bad choices in parental disobedience
Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife
causes their deaths, their parent’s rival/arguments comes to an end
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love
their relationship that caused their deaths
And the continuance of their parents’ rage
the continued anger of their parents
Which but their children’s end naught could remove
which only the children’s deaths could stop
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage
it is now the subject of the play that takes place on the stage
The which, if you with patient ears attend,
the subject, if you will pay attention
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend
we shall perform and demonstrate for you

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