365 Days of Shakespeare

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47. Shakespeare sold me my glasses.

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According to the article on the website of the American Shakespeare Center, Shakespeare may have really been an optometrist.

Check out the evidence:

William Shakespeare was clearly some kind of eye doctor. And since there is clear evidence in his writing that he cared greatly for measure, we’ve determined that Shakespeare was, beyond any doubt, an optometrist. Here are ten quotes that prove our thesis:

  1. “To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine wit.”

    Sonnet XXIII

  2. “Bless thee for thy vision!”

    Pericles: V, ii

  3. “How desirous of our sight they are.”

    Titus Andronicus: V, i

  4. “Bear thine eyes straight, though thy proud heart go wide.”

    Sonnet CXL

  5. “Why have you any discretion? have you any eyes? Do you know what a man is?”

    Troilus and Cressida: I, ii

  6. “Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.”

    Love’s Labours Lost : I, i

  7. “I will undo this hateful imperfection of her eyes.”

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream: IV, i

  8. “Men’s eyes were made to look, and let them gaze.”

    Romeo and Juliet: III, i

  9. “Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”

    As You Like It: III, v

    And the number one quote proving Shakespeare was an optometrist is…

  10. “Gaze where you should, and that will clear your sight.”

    Comedy of Errors: III, ii

The article can be found here.

I may need to search the canon and figure out what other jobs he could have had…maybe there is evidence that he was a hit man or something…that would be interesting. Must investigate. Maybe that will be my next project after I’m done re-reading the entire canon, as I mentioned a couple entries back…


Written by Caroline Mincks

November 17, 2009 at 2:49 AM

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