William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 43: When Most I Wink, Then Do Mine Eyes Best See - Poem by William Shakespeare

When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright, are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow's form, form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessèd made,
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay!
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

Comments about Sonnet 43: When Most I Wink, Then Do Mine Eyes Best See by William Shakespeare

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/7/2015 8:48:00 AM)

    William Shakespeare's Sonnet 43 employs antithesis and paradox to highlight the speaker's yearning for his beloved and sadness in (most likely) his absence, and confusion about the situation described in the previous three sonnets.
    It's a love and dream theme. For another of Shakespeare's sonnets dealing with night, sleep and dreams see Sonnet 27.
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