Because we are reading Romeo and Juliet, and ‘tis the season of Love -- with an immiment countdown to Valentine’s day -- let’s investigate some of the many manifestations of love through the imagery of photography and/or song lyrics. Find, or better yet, take your own photographs that represent love OR select one of your favorite love songs. When taking or seeking pictures, or considering the lyrics to a song about love, ask yourself these questions: What is love? What does love look like? Are there different types of love? Does love look the same to everyone? Remember our lessons on analogy and paradox. What can love be compared to? (This may help you to think symbolically.) Can love contain conflicting sentiments? In Act I, scene 1, Romeo says, “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;/Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;/Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears./What is it else? A madness most discreet,/A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” Later in Act I, scene 4, he asks, “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough,/Too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like thorn.”
After you select the picture and/or song lyrics that you think best convey love, respond in writing to explain the love expressed in the photograph and/or lyrics with either a 1.) reflective paragraph (approx. 7 – 10 sentences), 2.) poem (minimum 14 lines – think SONNET), or 3.) mini memoir that recounts an experience that you personally have (had) with love. Post your picture and/or lyrics and response to your blog, and then respond to at least 3 of your classmates’ blogs.