Imagery is the use of descriptive language to create an image in the minds of the readers.  Shakespeare uses many kinds of images in his play.  Here are 4 kinds of imagery we find frequently in Romeo and Juliet:

Can We Help with Your Assignment?

Let us do your homework! Professional writers in all subject areas are available and will meet your assignment deadline. Free proofreading and copy-editing included.

Metaphor: describing something by comparing it to something else without the

use of “like” or “as”

e.g. “My love is a red, red rose”  The speaker isn’t in love with a flower,

but is comparing the beauty of his love to a red rose.

Simile: describing something by comparing it to something else using “like” or

“as” e.g. “My love is like a red, red rose” The speaker is saying his love is as

beautiful as a red rose

Personification: giving some inanimate (not living) object human abilities and


e.g. “The trees reached their arms toward the sky”

Oxymoron: using contrasting, contradictory ideas to describe something.  We

saw many examples of this when we first met Romeo in Act 1.

Classical allusion: a reference to a person, place or event from myth.

Shakespeare uses both Greek and Roman mythological references.

e.g. references to being hit with Cupid’s arrow in Act 1

Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "ROMEO AND JULIET ACT 2, SCENE 2 IMAGERY," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019,
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments