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Romeo and Juliet;

Act 1 Scene 5

Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie,
and young affection gapes to be his heir;
That fair for which love groan'd for and would die,
With tender Juliet match'd is now not fair.
Now romeo is belov'd, and loves again,
Alike bewitched by the charm of looks;
But his foe suppos'd he must complain,
And she steal love's sweet bait from fearful hooks.
Being held a foe, he may not have access
To breathe such vows as lovers use to swear,
As she as much in love, her means much less
To meet her new-beloved any where:
But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
Temp'ring extremities with extreme sweet.

Explain the meaning of this in modern english.

I really really need help on this :( please, anyone help mee? :)

  • Ninth Grade English - , Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:23am

    If you know the story of Romeo and Juliet, you know that they are in love, BUT the families are keeping them apart. Now, what part do you not understand?

    Try some of the following sites in modern English:


  • Ninth Grade English - , Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 12:16pm

    Bookmark this website for this and all the other plays by Shakespeare you'll be assigned over time.

    Find the play's title and then the act and scene you want. You'll find the original language in a column on the left and modern-day English on the right.

    Let us know what you think.

  • Ninth Grade English - , Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 1:52am

    @Writeacher the part im looking for isnt there :(
    @SraJMcGin i do understand their story, i just don't understand what the chorus is trying to say -___-

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