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Blood Forth The Fatal Foes (Blackout Poem of Romeo and Juliet Prologue)



ancient mutiny,

where blood

forth the fatal foes.

Star-cross’d lovers 


death by strife.

The fear of love

and rage.


our stage;

which if you attend,

shall toil strive to end.


Original Prologue:

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-cross’d lovers take their life;

Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows

Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.

The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,

And the continuance of their parents’ rage,

Which, but their children’s end, nought 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.

Priscilla is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Creative Writing.
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