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by William Shakespeare

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Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, / And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. / Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste; / Wings, and no...

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste.

This quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream means that love does not look with reason (with the "eyes") but with the imagination ("the mind"). What do you mean by "does not look with reason" and looks by imagination?

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These lines are spoken by Helena at the end of the first scene of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

At the beginning of the play, Helena is in love with Demetrius—who once wooed her—but he is now in love with Hermia. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but Theseus (Duke of Athens) agrees with Hermia's father, Egeus, that Hermia should be married to Demetrius, the man Egeus has chosen for her.

Hermia protests to the Duke that her father should not consider her feelings in the matter or her feelings for Lysander:

HERMIA: I would my father look'd but with my eyes. (1.1.58)

The Duke responds that no matter what Hermia's feelings toward Lysander are, she should respect her father's wishes and marry Demetrius:

THESEUS: Rather your eyes must with his judgment look. (1.1.58–59)

This exchange of lines sets up a motif that Shakespeare explores throughout the play to reinforce the theme that "love is blind." When a person is in love, that person becomes irrational and unreasonable, and they see...

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