Dramatic monologue

I have decided to do the following dramatic monologue:

ROMEO: But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou her maid art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
It is my lady; O, it is my love!
O that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold; ’tis not to me she speaks.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

2 Responses to “Dramatic monologue”

  • Christopher Waugh Says:

    Great, ambitious choice, Barnaby!

    I recommend that you do two things to start with:

    1) translate the lines into words you understand so that you’re confident in the meaning of everything Romeo is saying (This is only for your needs, so it doesn’t matter if your version is informal

    2) read the passage for the rhythm and the music of it – enjoy the sound of the words before you start trying to memorise them.

    Also, a good technique for memorising words is to record them into a device and have them ready to play to yourself as you learn parts. You can even divide it up into sections, where you leave silence for the section you’re currently learning.

    Good luck!

    Mr Waugh

  • polarb Says:

    sir has replied to our film a scene

    This is going to be brilliant.

    I have a few questions:
    1) Have you decided whether it will be traditional or modernised?

    2) Do you need any help learning lines?

    3) Have you thought about the ideal location for the filming?

    And a warning:
    Filming and editing can take a lot longer than you expect. Make sure you allocate as much time as you can to this, and also organise now times out of class when you can get things done so that you don’t end up having to rush it.
    You can edit on my classroom mac if you want to – but again, time scheduling to do this will be the biggest challenge.

    Mr Waugh

    p.s. good luck on your dramatic monologue

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