I need help with the prologue questions from romeo and Juliet can some one please help me?

The Prologue
Read The Prologue and then answer the questions that follow.
Chorus: Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,
Whose misadventured, piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death marked love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which but their children’s end, naught could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.


QUESTIONS:
  1. What is the place setting of the play?
  2. What is the relationship between the two households?
  3. What does Shakespeare mean by "star-crossed lovers"?
  4. What happens to the lovers?
  5. What is the subject matter for this play?
  6. What does the chorus ask of the audience in the last two lines? Why?
  7. What is the name of the poetic form which Shakespeare uses for the Prologue? How many lines are there? Mark the rhyming pattern.
  8. Underline examples of poetic language.
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Hi,

It's better if you try to answer first.

Clive
I did I just want to my answers are right and i'm having trouble with number 7 especially !
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Clive
My Answers
1.Verona
2. The two families both are alike in dignity. Though the two families have been holding grudges against each other for many years.
3. According to the stars they should not be together
4. They die
5. The subject matter is Love that can not be but find a way to be but their love is caused them death.
6. those who are patient in listening farther then attend the show or read along to get a better understanding of what u did not get in the prologue the actors will try to clear up what the chorus said
7. sonnet, 14 lines, idk the last part
8. This is a little fuzzy to me
7. This is a standard Elizabethan, or Shakespearean, sonnet, a poem of 14 lines rhymed AB AB CD CD EF EF GG - the meter is iambic pentameter. This is the same form that all of Shakespeare's sonnets were written in, and note also that all of Shakespeare's plays are written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.

Note that there is another sonnet within Romeo and Juliet, when the lovers first meet at the dance:

If I profane with my unworthiest hand
this holy shrine the gentle sin is this
...
etc.

Iambic pentameter is verse of 5 iambs per line. An iamb is a metrical unit consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one. The following line is iambic pentameter: "The ^mouse ran ^up the ^clock, the ^clock struck ^one,". When you write iambic pentameter, you follow the natural stress of the words. Note that you cannot say the line as: ^The mouse ^ran up ^the clock...etc., as that would be unnatural stressing of the words.

In the first line of the sonnet the 5 iambs are: Two ^house-, holds ^both, a^like, in ^dig, -ni^ty.
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Thank You and were my other answers correct or some what right
1. Renaissance Verona, Italy.

2. The families have been feuding from as far back as can be remembered.

3. Obviously the family feud dooms any kind of romance between a boy and girl from each family, and thus the lovers appear to have been ill-fated at birth by the stars, astrologically speaking.

4. They fall in love, secretly marry, but circumstances related to the feud cause them to commit suicide.

5. A family feud preventing love between members of each family.

6. The players promise to put on a good performance, or try hard to put one on in any case.

7. Lines 9 and 11, approximate rhyme: love, remove. Line 5, alliteration: from, forth, fatal, foes.
thank you once again
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