This Romeo and Juliet quote poster displays a speech by Romeo from the famed “balcony scene” of Act 2, Scene 2. Even today, it remains one of the most well-known quotes from William Shakespeare’s famous tragic play.
- Full bleed (color extends to poster edge)
- Printed on premium, heavy-duty poster paper
- Product shown in black frame with white mat (frame not included)
More about this Romeo and Juliet quote
The full text of this quote, as shown on the poster, reads like this:
“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.”
Romeo (Act 2, Scene 2)
Romeo speaks these famous words up to Juliet, who has just appeared on her balcony. His comparison of Juliet to the sun at once emphasizes her fairness and sets up a sun/moon metaphor that continues throughout the play. Like all of Shakespeare’s words, there are several possible interpretations for these contrasts of sun/moon, day/night, and male/female.