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1 The Love Sonnet Act I, Scene v

2 g Here is Franco Zeffirellis 1968 version of Romeo and Juliets first meeting. Can you summarise what happens? g Here is Franco Zeffirellis 1968 version of Romeo and Juliets first meeting. Can you summarise what happens?

3 What do these mean? What idea do they have in common? Profane Saint Pilgrim Shrine Palmer Profane Saint Pilgrim Shrine Palmer TO ABUSE SOMETHING SACRED. (ALSO, AS IN BAD OR PROFANE LANGUAGE) PLACE WHERE PILGRIMS VISIT FOR PRAYER AND TO WORSHIP A SAINT. OFTEN A STATUE OF THE SAINT OR A RELIC (BIT OF CLOTH, BONE, OR BODY PART) BELONGING TO THE SAINT IS THERE PERSON WHO TRAVELS TO A HOLY PLACE OUT OF DEVOTION TO A GOD OR SAINT PERSON WHO DIED AND WAS OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AS HOLY. CATHOLICS BELIEVE A PERSON CAN ASK THE SAINT TO SPEAK FOR HIM/HER TO GOD TO GRANT A PRAYER PERSON WEARING TWO CROSSED PALM LEAVES AS A SIGN OF PILGRIMMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND (KNOWN TODAY AS ISRAEL)

4 The Love Sonnet Romeo If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss Juliet Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss. Romeo Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? Juliet Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. Romeo O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Juliet Saints do not move, though grant for prayers sake. Romeo Then move not, while my prayers effect I take. Romeo If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss Juliet Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much Which mannerly devotion shows in this; For saints have hands that pilgrims hands do touch And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss. Romeo Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? Juliet Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. Romeo O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Juliet Saints do not move, though grant for prayers sake. Romeo Then move not, while my prayers effect I take.

5 Task Write down any rhyming words at the end of the lines when Romeo and Juliet are talking. How many lines are there? The rhyming words signal the end of a line. Assign each rhyming pair a letter. Hand/ stand = a. Write out the rhyme scheme. Now go back to the prologue. Any similarities? Task Write down any rhyming words at the end of the lines when Romeo and Juliet are talking. How many lines are there? The rhyming words signal the end of a line. Assign each rhyming pair a letter. Hand/ stand = a. Write out the rhyme scheme. Now go back to the prologue. Any similarities?

6 Rhyme scheme ababcdcdefefgg

7 The plays Prologue also is a single sonnet of the same rhyme scheme as Romeo and Juliets shared sonnet. If you remember, the Prologue sonnet introduces the play, and, through its description of Romeo and Juliets eventual death, also helps to create the sense of fate that permeates Romeo and Juliet. The shared sonnet between Romeo and Juliet therefore creates a formal link between their love and their destiny. With a single sonnet, Shakespeare finds a means of expressing perfect love and linking it to a tragic fate.

8 Summary: Romeo decides he wants to kiss Juliets hand to show her how much he likes her. To do so, he takes her hand in his, and he explains that his hand is obviously not as worthy as hers. In fact, she is so worthy, she is like a what? (Look at line 94) METAPHOR: Juliet is a ___________. Summary: Romeo decides he wants to kiss Juliets hand to show her how much he likes her. To do so, he takes her hand in his, and he explains that his hand is obviously not as worthy as hers. In fact, she is so worthy, she is like a what? (Look at line 94) METAPHOR: Juliet is a ___________. Romeo: If I profane with my unworthiest hand93 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:94 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:94 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand95 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand95 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. 96 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. 96

9 Summary: Romeo says that if by touching her he has profaned her handif he has made it less holythen he is willing to kiss her hand, to make up for his unworthy touch. Romeos metaphor to describe his lips: Romeos lips = ___________ ___________ ___________ Summary: Romeo says that if by touching her he has profaned her handif he has made it less holythen he is willing to kiss her hand, to make up for his unworthy touch. Romeos metaphor to describe his lips: Romeos lips = ___________ ___________ ___________ Romeo: If I profane with my unworthiest hand93 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:94 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:94 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand95 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand95 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. 96 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. 96

10 In line 94, Romeo uses a metaphor to describe the kiss he will give Juliets hand. What two words are the other half of this metaphor? Romeos kiss on her hand = ___________ ___________ In line 94, Romeo uses a metaphor to describe the kiss he will give Juliets hand. What two words are the other half of this metaphor? Romeos kiss on her hand = ___________ ___________ Romeo: If I profane with my unworthiest hand93 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:94 This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:94 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand95 My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand95 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. 96 To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. 96

11 Summary: Juliet accepts the compliment that plays along with Romeo, calling him by a new name. What words does she use to describe him in line 97? _______ ______ Summary: Juliet accepts the compliment that plays along with Romeo, calling him by a new name. What words does she use to describe him in line 97? _______ ______ Juliet: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much97 Which mannerly devotion shows in this; 98 Which mannerly devotion shows in this; 98 For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do 99 For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do 99touch And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss. 100

12 Summary: But Juliet isnt going to give in that easily to Romeo or his word play. Rather than saying, No, you cant kiss me, she plays hard to get: Oh, youve been too mean to your hand by saying its the unworthiest. She says that even pilgrims can touch the hands of a saint (imagine a pilgrim rubbing the hand of a statue as he prays; that often happened at shrines and still does today). In other words, he could touch her hand, and their two palms together would be like a holy palmers (a pilgrims) prayer because pilgrims put two hands together to pray. Does she want to be kissed? Why or why not? Summary: But Juliet isnt going to give in that easily to Romeo or his word play. Rather than saying, No, you cant kiss me, she plays hard to get: Oh, youve been too mean to your hand by saying its the unworthiest. She says that even pilgrims can touch the hands of a saint (imagine a pilgrim rubbing the hand of a statue as he prays; that often happened at shrines and still does today). In other words, he could touch her hand, and their two palms together would be like a holy palmers (a pilgrims) prayer because pilgrims put two hands together to pray. Does she want to be kissed? Why or why not? Juliet: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much97 Which mannerly devotion shows in this; 98 Which mannerly devotion shows in this; 98 For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do 99 For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do 99touch And palm to palm is holy palmers kiss. 100

13 Summary: Romeo, not to be argued out of kissing Juliet, asks, Dont saints and pilgrims have lips, too? She gets the metaphors hes using. Romeo:Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? 101 Juliet:Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.102

14 Summary: If Juliet is what Romeo says she is above, then she cant just start kissing him in public, after knowing him for only a minute. Plus, isnt her mother probably watching her from across the room to see if she and Paris are flirting? So Juliet responds, Yes, they have lips, but those lips are meant for PRAYER, rather than smooching. But dont think shes too mad at Romeo… Romeo:Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? 101 Juliet:Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.102

15 Summary: Romeo isnt discouraged. He just told us a few minutes ago, when he was talking to himself, that hes never seen true beauty until he saw Juliet this night. If lips are meant for prayer, he argues, then let lips pray the same way that hands prayin other words, let their two sets of lips come together in a kiss. To drive home his point, Romeo pretends to pray to Juliet, as if she were a saint, saying that if she doesnt let lips pray, they lose their faiththeir belief in Godand then they become depressed. What word does Romeo use in line 104 for depression? ___________ Summary: Romeo isnt discouraged. He just told us a few minutes ago, when he was talking to himself, that hes never seen true beauty until he saw Juliet this night. If lips are meant for prayer, he argues, then let lips pray the same way that hands prayin other words, let their two sets of lips come together in a kiss. To drive home his point, Romeo pretends to pray to Juliet, as if she were a saint, saying that if she doesnt let lips pray, they lose their faiththeir belief in Godand then they become depressed. What word does Romeo use in line 104 for depression? ___________ Romeo: O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do 103 They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. 104

16 Summary: Juliet still hasnt given in to Romeo, not quite. She says, Sorry, saints dont move, even when they do grant prayers. Shakespeare is punning: 1: Move (verb) to start something. Saints dont moveits the pilgrim who has to come to them. 2: Move (verb) to physically move. Remember, the saints are usually statues of dead peoplesaints dont move because theyre made from wood or stone. Summary: Juliet still hasnt given in to Romeo, not quite. She says, Sorry, saints dont move, even when they do grant prayers. Shakespeare is punning: 1: Move (verb) to start something. Saints dont moveits the pilgrim who has to come to them. 2: Move (verb) to physically move. Remember, the saints are usually statues of dead peoplesaints dont move because theyre made from wood or stone. Juliet:Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' 105 sake.

17 Summary: But look at the second half of her sentence. She gives Romeo an opening! She says they grant for prayers sake. In other words, saints give pilgrims what they are requesting in their prayers. So if Romeo is praying at this holy saints shrine (Juliet), maybe this saint might just grant his prayer. Juliet:Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' 105 sake.

18 Summary: Romeo knows how to play on words; he uses definition number 2 of move. He moves in for a kiss after he asks her to stand still. And then he kisses her! Romeo: Then move not, while my prayer's effect I 106 take. (Adapted from

19 Individual task Pick out three of the most powerful lines in this sonnet. Draw three images next to each to show your understanding. (5 mins) Pick out three of the most powerful lines in this sonnet. Draw three images next to each to show your understanding. (5 mins)


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