Samuel Taylor Coleridge was ahead of the game in so many ways. His other work is of course crucial, stuff about an albatross, and the opening sequence to the newsreel section of Citizen Kane. A massive influence and to be adored. This piece is a small fragment written around 1800.
To a critic
Who extracted a passage from a poem without adding a word respecting the context, and then described it as unintelligible.
Most candid critic, what if I.
By way of joke, pull out your eye.
‘Ha! ha! that men such fools should be!
Behold this shapeless dab! – and he
Who own’ed it, fancied it could see!’
The joke were mighty analytic,
But should you like it, candid critic?
From Samuel Taylor Coleridge Selected Poems.
The eye as trinket is excellent – it cannot see on its own. Though Bataille finds other functions.