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    Default "What's In A Name "- William Shakespeare(Romeo and Juliet)

    This is a part of "Juliet and Romeo" that I like most. This piece always takes me back to the 9th grade.

    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo
    Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
    Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
    And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

    [Aside.] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

    'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;--
    Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
    What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
    Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
    Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
    What's in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet;
    So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
    Retain that dear perfection which he owes
    Without that title:--Romeo, doff thy name;
    And for that name, which is no part of thee,
    Take all myself.

    I take thee at thy word:
    Call me but love, and I'll be new baptiz'd;
    Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

    What man art thou that, thus bescreen'd in night,
    So stumblest on my counsel?

    By a name
    I know not how to tell thee who I am:
    My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself,
    Because it is an enemy to thee.
    Had I it written, I would tear the word.

    My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
    Of that tongue's utterance, yet I know the sound;
    Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?

    Neither, fair saint, if either thee dislike.

    How cam'st thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
    The orchard walls are high and hard to climb;
    And the place death, considering who thou art,
    If any of my kinsmen find thee here.

    With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls;
    For stony limits cannot hold love out:
    And what love can do, that dares love attempt;
    Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.
    Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ~Aesop

    Ignorance can be educated,drunkenness sobered,craziness medicated but there is no cure for STUPIDITY

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    I really love this part too. Real literature and admiration for prose is lost. There is real beauty and genius in the way Shakespeare scripted all his plays. Good stuff

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    Love it too, it has foreplay, relinquishing of love, reckless abandon, its just full of that teenage angst when it comes to falling head over heals.

    all go to the same place ;all come from dust and to the dust all return. who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?
    ecclesiastes 3:20-21 :-x

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