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The Nature of Death in Dickinsons Ive Seen A Dying Eye One of the most fascinating things that I find about Emily Dickinsons poetry is her overwhelming attention to detail especially her intriguing insights on death Ive Seen a Dying Eye by Dickinson is a poem about the nature of death A sense of uncertainty and uncontrollability about death seems to exist in her poem For example the observers who is also the speaker speech seems hesitant and unsure of what he or she is seeing partly because of the dashes but also because of the words used to describe the scene As the eye is observed looking for something then becoming cloudy and progressing through more obscurity until it finally comes to rest the person observing the death cannot provide any definite proof that what the dying person saw was hopeful or disturbing The dying person seems to have no control over the clouds covering his or her eye which is frantically searching for something that it can only hope to find before the clouds totally consume it Death as an uncontrollable force seems to sweep over the dying More importantly as the poem is from the point of view of the observer whether the dying person saw anything or not is not as significant as what the observer and the reader carry away from the poem The suspicion of whether the dying person saw anything or had any control over his or her death is what is being played on in the poem If the dying person has no control what kind of power does that give death Did the eye find what it was looking for before the clouds billowed across their vision and was it hopeful These questions represent the main idea the poem tries to convey Death forces itself upon the dying leaving them no control and if something hopeful exists to be seen and lived after death it
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