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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 Doth with their death bury their parents strife The fearful passage of the death-marked love And the continuance of their parents rage Which but their childrens 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 -Romeo and Juliet Prologue During the Renaissance astrology was a respected science Although some critics believe there are too many coincidences in Romeo and Juliet many of those coincidences were due to fate rather than choice or chance This is something that confuses many modern readers In order to really understand Romeo and Juliet you have to know how life was lived when the play was written you need to know about astrology Throughout history astrology has been both praised and condemned by the church At the beginning of the Renaissance astrology was reborn Marsilio Ficino said This century like a golden age has restored light to the liberal arts which were almost extinct grammar poetry rhetoric painting sculpture architecture music this century appears to have the perfect astrology Warnock The Renaissance was a point in history when the church chose to embrace astrology Many clerics thought that if they allowed their followers to practice astrology it would keep them from practicing more heretical magic Astrologers were respected like doctors are today They recorded data analyzed the heavens and diagnosed a persons future As an American astrologer once said Unlike religion astrology is based not on faith but on facts The religious man believes the astrologer knows Experiment and observation are his guides People in the Renaissance
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