I need a detailed account of the poem "all but blind"...would someone like to help me out?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you are referring to the poem by Walter de la Mere, then the place to start thinking about the poem is the title.  "All but Blind" suggests that the creature or person is almost blind, but not completely.  They are able to function on some level and do what they need to do.  The mole can find worms, the bat can fly and not hit something, and the owl can find its way home.  They are not at their best, but they are surviving.  He uses those three examples of nocturnal creatures to make his ultimate point in the final stanza.  The speaker of the poem must too be blind -- but in this case he must choose to be blind to another person.  This means that he has some history with this person that is not good, and he needs to put that person out of his life so that no further harm or concern can come from that person.  It is not revealed what the past problem is, but it doesn't really matter as long as we recognize the point of "being blind" to another human being.  Like the creatures in the first three stanzas are not able to see the speaker and yet are able to survive while nearly blind, so too will the speaker be able to get through his day to day existence without this other person he is choosing to be blind too.