What's In A Name?

What's In A Name?

Juliet's monologue, from Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 scene 2.


A Romeo, Romeo, manan nalye Romeo?

Apta attolya, váqueta esselya.

Hya qui valye, queta melmeo vanda

Enta lauvan ambe Capulet.

Rie esselya ya kottonya ná:

Elye ná imle, lan lalye Montague.

Mana Montague? Lá maqua, *yúla tál

Yúla ranko hya kanwa hya *aimanima

Atano asta. Ai, nai nauval exa esse.

An mana i esse? Ita *merille estaina

Nisuva imya aiqua essenen;

Yalle Romeo, qui Romeo lauváne,

*Hapuva i vanesse ya same

Ú esse tano. Á hehta esselya,

Ya lá astalya, ar minome

Á mapa ni ilya.


O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Deny thy father and refuse thy name.

Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love

And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy:

Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.

What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot

Nor arm nor face nor any other part

Belonging to a man. O be some other name.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,

Retain that dear perfection which he owes

Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,

And for that name, which is no part of thee,

Take all myself.

 

William Shakespeare


*yúla adv. "nor, neither"

*aimanima adj., pron. "any kind, any sort"

*merille n. "rose" < S meril