What is meant by ‘unborn eyes’?

QuestionsWhat is meant by ‘unborn eyes’?
Srijita barua asked 6 years ago

What do you mean by ‘unborn eyes’ in Henry Cuyler Bunner’s poem ‘The Heart of the Tree’? Which figure of speech is used here?

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Staff answered 6 years ago

The joy that unborn eyes shall see —

In the above line, ‘unborn eyes’ means our future generations, the ones who have not yet been born.
‘Eyes’ here means the child, a part of body representing the whole. Thus it can also be classified as a synecdoche, a class of metonymy.

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