The Heart of the Tree by Henry Cuyler Bunner

The Heart of the Tree

by Henry Cuyler Bunner

What is meant by ‘unborn eyes’?

QuestionsWhat is meant by ‘unborn eyes’?
Srijita barua asked 3 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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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 3 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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