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Friday, August 8, 2008

Poetry Friday: Ah....Love, Sweet Love

Romeo enters the Capulet's orchard and sees Juliet in her 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,
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!
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:
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,
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,
That I might touch that cheek!

Go here and read more of Romeo and Juliet's famous balcony scene.
Becky's Book Reviews is hosting Poetry Friday today.


Time to weigh in...Do teens believe in love at first sight a la Romeo and Juliet? At all costs? Or, are they more cynical about love at first sight, or even just love, in this day and age?  

What about you--do you believe in love at first sight?  I'll let you know my opinion on this once I close the poll next week.

Chris, I hope you approve of the questions on the poll.  See what you inspired, after our discussion about this, some time ago?


Anonymous said...

Not sure about the teens, since I don't know too many. But how can they not be cynical about love with too many divorces and people unable to be alone for long.

m. thompson said...

Interesting question. Personally, I'd like to believe in love at first sight. But I'm not sure teens really believe in it. I remember my teen reading some books (I can't remember which ones though) and laughing at the love at first sight themes.

I think writers need to explore it slowly, so teens feel like the characters are getting to know one another. Which is also a good thing to reinforce to teens.

For what that's worth.

PJ Hoover said...

I can't wait to see the pole outcome!
Do anything for the person? What about when I find out he never puts the toilet seat down?

Kelly Fineman said...

You're in with R&J, I'm in with As You Like It. I love how Shakespeare is so diverse and fresh and relevant all these centuries later . . .

Anonymous said...

I don't know. Movies make such a big deal out of love at first sight, that teens can get swept away by it, thinking their hormones equals love.

I seem to remember a story of a couple underage teens, or maybe it was one underage and one older teen, who ran away from home because their parents didn't want them to be together a year or two ago. Then they finally went back home and the parents agreed the two can be together. I'd be curious if love prevailed and the two are still together.

:: Suzanne :: said...

I am happily married to my love-at-first-sight. Just for the record.

Christine M said...

I thoroughly approve of the questions. And I'm going to answer the question as me - now. But teens. I can't conjure my inner teen on this one and remember exactly how I felt. I don't know if I ever had a "love at first sight" encounter. Even with my first college boyfriend - I was intrigued and tracked him down and we started dating pretty much right away. But at first sight I'd have to say it was more interest than knock em dead love.

But - at the time did I believe it was possible. Oh, I probably did.