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Analysis of the poem Wind

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Wind This poem is by the poet Ted Hughes and is mainly about the wind. There are many different images in this poem, the main one of course being the wind as indicated by the title. Although this is the main image, there are quite a few others too. In this poem, Ted Hughes uses many aural techniques to create images in the reader's mind, such as alliteration, metaphors and similes, to name a few. One of the most prominent images in this poem is the landscape which the wind is traveling over. The description of the landscape gives the reader the image of a very dull and dismal place, like you would find in a horror movie or something. This image comes from the descriptive words used. For example, the poet uses the words 'darkness' and 'blinding wet' which aren't really counted as happy things but they are generally the type of thing you will find in a horror story. Ted Hughes personifies the landscape with things such as 'the booming hills' and 'skyline a grimace', this makes the landscape seem like it is human and ...read more.


I think that these people are terrified of the wind coming and getting them because they sit and they 'grip our hearts . . . each other' which implies that they are so scared that they can't do anything, not even think. The wind is portrayed also as very vicious and strong as it says that 'the wind flung a magpie away'. This is just to show how fierce and lethal the wind was, because it is not an easy task to fling a magpie if you aren't actually made of anything but air. The poet also uses a simile to describe what the wind has done to a gull. It uses the simile that it 'bent like an iron bar', which is very difficult; probably nearer impossible for any human or animal to achieve, which shows that the wind is a lot stronger than any human. Another image of the winds strength that is created is that of the man as he 'scaled along the house-side' so that the wind doesn't blow him away because if he didn't cling on to the wall them it would blow ...read more.


This creates the image of a trembling house with a solid window keeping out the evil of the wind. The poet makes reference to eyes and seeing a few times as well which also imply that the wind is all seeing. Especially where uses the simile, 'flexing like the lens of a mad eye' which is describing the wind in the morning after the horror of the wind at night. Ted Hughes describes the wind as a very alive being; he personifies it throughout the poem as he does the landscape. Nearly everything in his poem he has personified and described as though it were real such as the stones that 'cry out' and the 'fields quivering'. I think that by personifying everything, the poet has made everything much more real to the reader, and easier to imagine what the wind feels like to everything around it. Making everything seem human and creating so many images in the poem helps the reader imagine they are there with the wind streaming around them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emily Whitmore ...read more.

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