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IAMBIC PENTAMETER



1. Iambic pentameter is a verse rhythm often used in Shakespeare’s writing
2. It has 10 syllables per lines
3. Syllables alternate between stressed and unstressed beats, creating this pattern:
“de/DUM de/DUM de/DUM de/DUM de/DUM”
4. Shakespeare played around with this structure to create different effects (for example, he changed the stress pattern and added syllables
5. Generally speaking, high class characters speak in iambic pentameter; lower class characters speak in prose



Romeo & Juliet: Act II, Scene ii
Assignment Due: TBD
Using the text and/or your personal copy of Act II, scene ii, rewrite the famous “balcony” scene in contemporary English. That is, rewrite the scene in your own words. Here are some pointers to get started:
Set the scene: Where is your setting? Provide some stage direction to describe where your scene takes place.
You do not have to rewrite this line by line! Provide the main points of the scene.
Language: Your version of this scene should be modern, so Romeo and Juliet should speak like teenagers do today.
Format: Type or write out in “dialogue form,” that is, just like it appears in the text. For example:

ROMEO: Hey…Juliet!!!!
JULIET: What’s up Romeo.

Have fun!




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A __Film__ Study:
Romeo & Juliet, Frano Zefirelli (1968).
Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann (1996).

Do you consider that these contrasting representations have enhanced your understanding of Shakespeare's text? Compare and contrast the two film versions of the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. You will evaluate the following:

  • Which Director – Franco Zeffirelli or Baz Luhrmann – most effectively captured the meaning of the original text and the magic of Shakespearean language?
  • Which pair of actors makes the play more believable or tragic?
  • Which Romeo is more authentic? Which Juliet?
  • What are some similarities and differences both films share?

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