Wild Magic: Tamora Pierce
Time Off, and Reading Material in the Meantime

Poetry Friday: A Rose by any Other Name

I recently listened to Behind the Curtain, by Peter Abrahams. There's a scene mid-way through the book in which Ingrid's mother quotes Shakespeare on "A rose by any other name". Ingrid isn't sure she buys it (would a rose really smell as sweet if it was called a skunk?). But I thought that it was worth tracking down Juliet's entire speech on the matter.

From Act II, Scene II, of Romeo and Juliet:

'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."

No links today, because I'm traveling, and set this up ahead of time. Try Kelly at Big A little a, or Liz at A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy for poems and links. And have a great weekend!