What is a sentence in Romeo and Juliet that has sight imagery in it?

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While Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is full of outstanding imagery, the most famous example of imagery which appeals to sight is probably Romeo's declaration of Juliet's beauty when he first sees her across the room during Capulet's party in Act I, Scene 5:

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear—
For Romeo, Juliet is literally the brightest light in the room, brighter than the numerous torches which would be needed for Capulet's hall. Her beauty is also as stunning as a "jewel" in the ear of an "Ethiop." This reference most certainly brings up the image of a dashing black man, maybe wearing a turban and a cloak, who is wearing a beautiful diamond, ruby, or emerald in his ear. This may have been just the sort of man who Romeo has seen previously in Verona. He may have been a trader or an envoy for some African nation. Numerous other references to Juliet that reference light or brightness appear later in the play, especially in the balcony scene.
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