The Theme of Love in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and Bradstreet's 'To My Dear and Loving Husband'

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Explore the ways Shakespeare presents strong feeling of Love in 'Romeo and Juliet' and one or more poems from the Anthology of love poems. Throughout history love has been one of the strongest emotions known to mankind. William Shakespeare in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ portrays how love a powerful influence on anyone under it grasps. Shakespeare made R&J to be performed to the public whereas as 'To my Dear and loving husband' by Anne Bradstreet and ‘sonnet 180' by Shakespeare himself were both made to read aloud. Shakespeare uses a combination of techniques to show a true heartedness of love between Romeo and Juliet in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 2 scene 2. Elements of Shakespeare's techniques can be seen also in poems from the Love Poetry Anthology. I will be exploring the ways how all three the writers portray strong feelings love. In Act 1 scene 5 Shakespeare sets the scene for the rest of the play of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare sets the Scene for the rest of the play in Act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet; he shows how the lovers meet and the intensity and depth of love that is then created between them. When Romeo first sets sight Juliet he is stunned by the sight, the overwhelming feeling he experiences is made obvious by him when he sighs 'O', which shows the audience that he has an over flow of emotions and longs to be with Juliet. Romeo sees her as a delicate specimen of life 'beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.' Juliet is seen to glow up the room with such charm that it is hard for Romeo to see, Shakespeare shows this instant impression of Juliet by using oxymoron's to show how she stands out : 'So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows '. Romeo see's Juliet as a superior being and that he is unworthy of her greatness 'make blessed my rude hand' and realizes he was gullible to think he knew what love was until that night 'Forswear it, sight!- For I
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