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Shall my eyes gleam under the moon of your glance,

as though it has never ever been a day entering the night,

shall I say your eyes resemble the sun.

I would also be really grateful if you would paraphrase the poem into simple English. Does the word "shall" refer to a must?

  • Yes, they're inversions: they're questions. Shall in this context asks the person addressed if the course of action suggested is desired and permitted. 'Paraphrasing' the poem is by definition impossible; and in any case it would be Literary Criticism, which is off-topic here. – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 17 '15 at 22:56
  • I'd say that in this instance "shall" means "should". – Dog Lover Aug 17 '15 at 22:58
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We can take the poem phrase by phrase and see how the language works at the linguistic level, but not at the poetic level, which is off-topic here.

the moon of your glance

is roughly equivalent to "the moon that is your glance" -- in other words, your glance is in some respect(s) a moon. This is not the usual "of" where it would mean "the moon that belongs to your glance".

Shall is not an imperative, as in "You shall not covet your neighbor's Porsche." "Shall" + bare infinitive of the verb (here: shall gleam, shall say) is a future tense form, and thus refers to actions contemplated.

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