You can view samples of our professional work here.Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UK Essays.This technique of using death to symbolize love is shown by Shakespeare when Romeo’s addiction of true love draws him to go into the Capulet garden and find Juliet on her balcony.
Both Romeo and Juliet express true love through one of its strongest ways; death.
For both characters, it is either to live with the other or if that is not possible (which it isn’t because of the feud) then to simply die.
Juliet also uses light imagery to express how she sees her relationship with Romeo in the famous balcony scene (Act 2 Scene 2).
She describes it as being ‘too like the lightning’ suggesting that it is moving too quickly.
Carol Anne Duffy’s modern day poem ‘Valentine’ much like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is very firmly themed around the strong feeling of love but is a more controversial love poem in which Carol Anne Duffy compares love to strange objects such as an onion.
In my essay I will compare ways in which this theme is presented to the reader and discuss both writer’s ideas and attitudes to love.True love is the most obvious and this love is communicated between the two main characters in the play; Romeo and Juliet.The first sign of true love is through love at first sight where Romeo says of how Juliet ‘doth teach the torches to burn bright!This illustrates the differences in social, cultural and historical views on love from the Elizabethan period in which Shakespeare lived and the present world.Shakespeare’s use of language and structure in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ contributes and further enhances the feelings involved in the play to an audience.To a reader, this immediately puts both Romeo and Juliet in isolation signifying such intense, physical feelings and attraction on Romeo’s behalf.In modern society, some may view this as sexual love or lust but love at first sight was accepted by Elizabethan society.Romeo and Juliet is possibly the most famous classic love story there is.But there are many types of love that the play refers to.An example of this is Shakespeare’s use of sonnets.This poetic form commonly featured 14 lines and was written in iambic pentameter to give structure and flow.