Comparing Love In Romeo And Juliet And Love's Vocabulary

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"Love is like a pineapple, sweet and undefinable," -Piet Hein. In the common literature Romeo and Juliet, "My Shakespeare", and "Love's Vocabulary," they all share the same objective of attempting to define love. By using paradox, allusion and figuritive language, William Shakespeare, Kate Tempest and Diane Ackerman show how love is undefinable.

In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare uses paradox to define love. In Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 168 through 176 of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo struggles to define love. He uses statements like,"loving hate","heavy lightness", and "cold fire." By "loving hate" Shakespeare means that Romeo loves someone that doesn't feel the same. "Heavy lightness" meaning that love is supposed to feel like your

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