swimmerguy's picture

I should have taken a few days to memorize this thing. I have to memorize several lines from Romeo and Juliet.
I'll try to reproduce them from memory here.

"Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still,
should, without eyes, see pathways to his will.
Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here?
Yet tell me not, as I have heard it all.
Here's much to do with hate, but more with love.
Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
O anything, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness! Serious vanity!
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!
Still waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this,
dost thou not laugh?"

Obviously, if you haven't ever read Romeo and Juliet, don't, it's ghastly.
And also, how is ANYONE supposed to remember that?!
I mean, I could remember a story or something, but this is just like random words thrown together that mean absolutely nothing!

And if you mess up in a memorization piece, it messes up the whole rest of it for you :P
And so, my room has been filled with invectives as I mess up time and time again in practice, and swear a whole bunch like "titty whore rat cock fuck cunt hooker slut!" is a popular one.
In other words, this frustrates me slightly. I'll just assume that a good nights sleep will help me remember, and if it doesn't, then too bad.
Night, Oasis! :P


jeff's picture


I love it... I usually go see it performed whenever I can.

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are." - Kurt Cobain

elph's picture

Only "slightly" :)

Sounds a bit like an understatement...?

Could you "translate" this into current teen vernacular? Posed not rhetorically... I'd truly like to read what you come up with.


License to drive alone... imminent? Braces? bf? :(

lonewolf678's picture


If you think Romeo and Juliet sucks, see: Titus Andronicus

Splash's picture

Shakespeare is tough. I kind

Shakespeare is tough. I kind of understand what Romeo's talking about in that speech (it's not random words thrown together — I think it's supposed to be a series of metaphors for the sometimes-contradictory nature of love), but I've seen/read more Shakespeare than most people.

I'm behind elph's translation suggestion — it's possible to develop an ear for Shakespeare so that you can figure out more or less what he said on the fly (I have a basic one, but I'm a theater nerd who spent two summers in training at a Shakespeare festival), but in the meantime, making or finding a plain English translation REALLY helps. It's easier to remember what you're saying if you know what you're meaning.

Oh, and Lone Wolf, if you REALLY want to get turned off of Shakespeare, try Henry VI, part two. I did in fact read this play once when I was working on a monologue, and it's a bit headache-inducing. Too much detail about the royal line of succession. :-)

~~~ the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses ~ e e cummings ~~~