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Before I Got My Eyes Put Out
Transcript of Before I Got My Eyes Put Out
by Emily Dickinson
Analysis by: Isaiah Martinez
Before I got My eye Put Out
I liked as well to see
As other creatures that have eyes
And know no other way
The line immediately shows that she once did not aprreciate sight an know that she has lost it she realizes that she took it for granted. She says that she never realized how much she likes her sight because she never lived without it.
But were it told to me today
that i might have the sky
for mine I tell you that my heart
would split for size of me
She says that if she knew about losing her sight she would have used them well and done things she never did before. She also says she would have loved her eyes just as much as she loved her other body parts.
The meadows mine
the mountains mine
all forests stintless stars
as much as noon as i could take
between my finite eyes
In this stanza she states some of the things she would see if she still had her eyes. In the first two lines she really points it out as she declared those places as hers.
The motions of dipping birds
the mornings amber road
for mine to look at when i like
the news would strike me dead.
She remenises all the things she could see but does not seem to know that she will not regain her sught and that if she knew it would be to much to bear.
So safer guess with just my soul
open the window pain
Where other creatures put their eyes
pncautious of the sun
She says that the eyes are the windows to the soul and her soul is now closed. She says that one must me cautious with the sun because the loss of sight is very hard.
Born on December 10, 1840 in Amherst Massachusetts. She left school as a teenager to live remotely at her home. That is where she began writing poetry and letters, filling many notebooks during her free time. Her writing influences came from her principal,two friends and her brother. Her life was remote because of her mothers illness and they had to take care of her. Emily died in 1886 st the age of 56 because of kidney failure. After her death she is now one of the most towering figures of literature.
Alliteration: "The meadows mine, the mountains mine"-she uses this to emphasise her excitement of claiming the world with her eyes as she uses the word mine.
Emily's style of writing was changed alot throughout a poem. In "Before I got my eye out out" she capatilizes interior words to amplify her feelings about it. She uses dashes to punctuate in stead of commas and periods to show long arrays of ideas. The reason for her use of that ounctuatuion and capitalization is unknown but has been adapted to by many writers today.
Theme & Tone
In this poem the tone changes throughout it. In the beginning two stanzas she uses and slow and mellow tone because of the fact that she has lost her sight. Then in the next two stanzas the tone rises and she seems happier because of her wondering how she could have used her eyes when she had them, thinking about what she would have used them for. In the final stanza the tone drops back to a slow tone because of her realization that she will not regain her sight.
You can identify the shift in this poem during the translation to the third stanza. She goes from slow and dark to excited and filled with joy as she imagines what she could have done with her sight, as she describes the animals and terrain.