Nov 24, 2012 - Communication    5 Comments

Examples of metaphors in Romeo and Juliet

METAPHOR=a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.” Compare mixed metaphor, simile.

Here are two examples of metaphors in Romeo and Juliet,

1.Romeo= “My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” (I think that Romeo is feeling excited to kiss juliet and he is saying kissing juliet would be a religious experience)

2.  Romeo=”But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”( In this metaphor Romeo is comparing Juliet to the sun)

By Albin


PPE=By Mr Waugh

POINT: Shakespeare used a wide range of powerful language in his play “Romeo and Juliet”. One of these is a metaphor.

EXAMPLE: When Lady Capulet is trying to convince Juliet to agree to marry Paris, she describes him as a book for juliet to read.  Lady Capulet: “Find written in the margent of his eyes. This precious book of love, this unbound lover.”

EXPLINATION: In describing Paris as a book, Lady Capulet is trying to suggest that the benifits of marrying him are easy to see, she then continues to suggest all he needs is a “cover”-as in juliet herself.



  • How excellent to see you doing such effective independent learning, Albin. This kind of focused response will make a significant difference to your success in English.

    Great stuff.

    Mr Waugh

    • Sir could i send you my essay so you could tell me how to improve it?

  • I’ll be commenting on everyone’s essays on your blogs this weekend – yours included. Once I do, feel free to get in touch if you need further clarification.

  • hello sir, i know its been like 5 years since you posted this but i would love if you read my essay if you cant i can understand.

    • Hi you!

      I’m not sure which Nick this is, but I’m always up for reading an essay!



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