Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

SCENE II. Capulet’s orchard.


He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

JULIET appears above at a window

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,                                5
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!                                                  10
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, ‘tis not to me she speaks:                               15
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,    20
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,                                 25
That I might touch that cheek!

Ay me!

She speaks:
O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art
As glorious to this night, being o’er my head                     30
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturned wondering eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds
And sails upon the bosom of the air.                                   35

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?           40

Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!                    45
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,                         50
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

Choose a specific sentence (so this might be more than a line) from both Romeo and Juliet in the lines above that demonstrates an image, and idea or an emotion that Shakespeare is crafting in this scene. Explain what the image, idea, or emotion is and how sentence you chose does demonstrates that image, idea, or emotion.

As always, be sure to follow the rules of standard written English and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

R&J blog 7

Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.

Romeo and Benvolio

Tonight, please finish reading Act I, scene i, (pp.17-25).  Then write a response here.  Consider the following question:

What do you think we are supposed to learn about the character of Romeo based on his conversation with Benvolio? Consider his speech, lines Act I, scene i, lines 181-185:

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;

Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;

Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.

What is it else? A madness most discreet,

A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.

Be sure to use many text-based details in your response and to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

R&J blog #3

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. — Joseph Campbell

Please describe a setting.   Take a moment to think about a place that is important to you.   You may choose your room or a particular part of your home or backyard.   Or you could write about a place you went this summer, perhaps camp or somewhere you went for vacation.  Once you have decided on a place, I would like you to do a short exercise I call “Making a Movie Behind your Eyelids.”  It works like this.   Close your eyes and imagine you are in your special spot.  Stay there for a moment.  Really take some time to be in that place.  What do you see?  Look around carefully.   What do you hear?  What do you smell?  What do you feel?  (This feeling could either be the actual sense of touch or more of an emotional sense.)

Once you have lived in this place for some time, open your eyes and write!!!  If you run out of things to say, close your eyes again and see what you notice that you did not already include in your response.

Generally, your response should be at least 250 words, but please don’t just aim for that.  Do the best job you can describing your setting.  Don’t just add more to get to the minimum number of words.  Make sure that each word counts!  I recommend that you write your response in Word or as a Google doc and then cut and paste your response into the comment box.  I encourage this, because in case something happens and your response doesn’t appear, you still have your homework!!! Good luck and have fun!

By the way, in order to comment on this post, you will need to click onto the title of the post.  This will lead you to a new page, where there will be a box for commenting at the bottom of the post. Once you are on the page that has the comment box at the bottom be sure to read all of the following instructions before you begin.

How-to Basics

Today you are going to learn how to access our class blog, log in, and comment on a post.

Hey!  Guess what?  If you are reading this, you have already accessed our blog!

First, you need to log in.  Look over on the right.  You will see a section called Meta in with various links below it.  Please choose Log in.

Now, you will of course need a username and a password.  This should be your usual school log in, however, if you don’t know what that is, try this:

Your username is your first name, the first initial of your last name and usually a number.  Please start without a number, then with the number 1, if that doesn’t work, try number 2, and so forth until you figure out which it is. So!  My name is Elizabeth Quinson.  My username would be elizabethq, elizabethq1 or elizabethq2.

Your password is your student id number.  If you already know it, try to log on.

If none of this works, I’ll be around with this information for you.

After you are logged on, try commenting on this post. What you are reading here, by the way, is a post!  Most of your work on the blog will be as a comment, and not as a post.  Generally, I post the topic or question (or even just leave it open) and then you comment on my post.  In addition, you may comment on each other’s comments!