And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –

from Emily Dickinson – I heard a Fly buzz (465) on Rap Genius

Meaning

‘Windows’ here refers to the persona’s eyes. It’s obvious that this is the point he/she dies. The use of the word ‘fails’ somewhat detracts from the natural process of death, as if living was almost a struggle, something that wasn’t overcome.

It then concludes, describing a state of eternal darkness. The repetition of ‘see to see’ underlines this. That’s it, that’s the end. The hyphen at the end is typical of Dickinson. Despite the persona’s death, it still feels as if there is something left, or that the process of death isn’t entirely complete

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