In 'I heard a Fly buzz,' on the other hand, there is only one fly and its buzz is notonly foregrounded. Before the poem is over, the buzz takes up the entire field ofperception, coming between the speaker and the 'light' (of day, of life, of knowledge). Itis then that the 'Windows' (the eyes that are the windows of the soul as well as,metonymically, the light that passes through the panes of glass) 'fail' and the speaker isleft in darkness--in death, in ignorance. She cannot 'see' to 'see' (understand).


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