"she doth teach the torches to burn bright/it seems she hangs upon the cheek of night as a rich jewel in an eachiop's ear.

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This is personification but it is also good use of imageryRomeo is saying that Juliet’s beauty outshines torches.  Numerous torches would have been used to light the way especially at a party where the host would keep his house well lit.  The light given off would be enormous and Shakespeare has his leading lady dimming this light with her presence.  This comparison also tells us about Romeo’s intentions.  He is fixated on Juliet’s beauty and her silence.  He views her as a piece of jewelry that decorates the night for his amusement.  Some say he is young and naïve while others say he is wise to relish the moment.  In any case, it is a wonderful use of imagery to explain the viewpoint of a star-crossed lover.

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