Read the “It is the east” Romeo & Juliet quote below with modern English translation & analysis:

Spoken by Romeo, Romeo & Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2
“It is the east, and Juliet is the sun”

“It is the east” Quote Translation
Romeo is looking up at Juliet’s window and the light comes on. He is saying that he is looking eastwards and seeing Juliet would be seeing the sun coming up in the east. He is referring to her beauty and all those things associated with the sun. This line is part of the longer “What light from yonder window breaks” soliloquy spoken by Romeo.


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8 replies
  1. Curtis
    Curtis says:

    I have a phrase that I have always claimed as mine. In reference to my wife I say, “You are the sun and I am but the moon reflecting your radiance.”

    The other day, someone said this was Shakespeare, Might be, Couldn’t find it. Let me know.

    • JD
      JD says:

      No, Shakespeare wrote that Juliet is the sun. When Romeo mentioned the moon he is referring to his old crush Rosalind and basically saying that Juliet is everything and better than the moon


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