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"Romeo and Juliet" Vocabulary from Act 1

October 17, 2012
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is the classic story of love in the midst of hate, and whether that love is strong enough and wise enough to survive what surrounds it (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for each act of the tragedy: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, and Act 5.
grudge
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
civil
Watch out! Shakespeare is punning here -- "civil" can also mean "not rude."
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
thrust
Watch out! Shakespeare is using a couple different meanings of "thrust" here.
While we were interchanging thrusts and blows,
Came more and more and fought on part and part,
Till the prince came, who parted either part.
quarrel
The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.
brawl
Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets.
disturb
Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets.
ancient
Verona's ancient citizens
Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments,
To wield old partisans
canker
Yet another double meaning -- a canker is a sore. So, it's cankered hands (hands covered in sores) working against cankered hate (hate that is hard to get rid of).
Wield old partisans, in hands as old,
Canker'd with peace, to part your canker'd hate:
depart
For this time, all the rest depart away.
fray
Right glad I am he was not at this fray.
portentous
Black and portentous must this humour prove,
Unless good counsel may the cause remove.
grief
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest
With more of thine.
forswear
She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
Do I live dead that live to tell it now.
bound
But Montague is bound as well as I,
In penalty alike.
reckon
Of honourable reckoning are you both
consent
But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,
My will to her consent is but a part;
tread
At my poor house look to behold this night
Earth- treading stars that make dark heaven light
scant
But in that crystal scales let there be weigh'd
Your lady's love against some other maid
And she shall scant show well that now shows best.
waddle
For then she could stand alone; nay, by the rood,
She could have run and waddled all about
warrant
I warrant, an I should live a thousand years, I never should forget it
parlous
It had upon it's brow... a parlous knock; and it cried bitterly.
volume
Shakespeare is using a metaphor here; Lady Capulet is telling Juliet to study Paris like she would a book.
Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face,
And find delight writ there with beauty's pen;
torch
Give me a torch: I am not for this ambling;
Being but heavy, I will bear the light.
soar
Borrow Cupid's wings,
And soar with them above a common bound.
burden
Under love's heavy burden do I sink.
prick
Is love a tender thing? it is too rough,
Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.
vain
I mean, sir, in delay
We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.
scorn
What dares the slave
Come hither, cover'd with an antic face,
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?
solemnity
What dares the slave
Come hither, cover'd with an antic face,
To fleer and scorn at our solemnity?

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Tuesday October 30th 2012, 12:13 PM
Comment by: star
i love this list
Tuesday October 30th 2012, 12:15 PM
Comment by: word master (LA)
me 2
Tuesday October 30th 2012, 12:18 PM
Comment by: word master (LA)
this list has good words and is about the greatest love story in the world
Monday May 13th 2013, 1:59 PM
Comment by: egan B. (Saudi Arabia)
AISJ?

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