These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.
 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Romeo and Juliet
Topic violence explosion kissing
Date 1597
Language English
Reference Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 6
Note Written between 1591 and 1595 Friar Laurence line

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master These words, addressed by Friar Laurence to Romeo and Juliet before marrying them, are intended to warn them of the dangers of passionate love. He uses the image of powder and fire exploding when in contact with each other, just as a passionate love can also consume lovers.
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