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In the poem Wind, Ted Hughes describes the experience of a windstorm, using powerful imagery to convey the power and impact of the weather.

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Wind. Naomi Westerman. In the poem "Wind," Ted Hughes describes the experience of a windstorm, using powerful imagery to convey the power and impact of the weather. The poem is in six four line stanzas; the first two being written in the third person, before switching to the first person for the third, fifth and sixth stanza. Throughout the poem, Hughes makes frequent use of metaphoric imagery and personification to get across the idea of weather, and the constituents of weather, wind and rain, being a real, physical force, and to draw the relationship between mankind and nature, and to suggest mankind at the mercy of nature. The first stanza acts to set the scene. The opening line, starting with "This house" places the poem in a specific physical location, while in the same line the use of the metaphorical imagery of the house being "far out at sea" leads the reader to immediately infer that the house is in unusual circumstances, in this case the extreme weather making it feel as though the house is out in the sea, at the mercy of the elements (as a house ...read more.


This reference also acts to link and contrast the animal ferocity and powerful wildness of the weather, with a physical man-made object, a house, suggesting the idea of humanity's vulnerability to the vagaries of nature. The second stanza sets the scene as a new day, the sunrise simply evoked by the adjectival noun phrase "orange sun." The hills are metaphorically described as having " new places," and although it is possible that an extremely violent storm could physically transform a landscape, this quality of newness that comes with the sunrise shows what impact the weather can have on how we view our physical surroundings. The wind continues, and is metaphorically described as "wielding" the lightning, again giving a physical ability it does not possess. The lightning is described, variously, as "blade-light," metaphorically comparing it to the blade of a sword, implying a dangerous and deadly nature; "luminous"; and bringing out the colours making up the landscape, "black" and not just green but "emerald," suggesting that the greenery of nature glows under the light like a jewel. ...read more.


The speaker sets a more cosy scene, using two adjectival noun phrases, "deep chairs" and "great fire," implying safety and comfort. Yet despite this, the wind possesses such an elemental power it is overwhelming, leading the inhabitants to be unable to read ("cannot entertain book"), think ("thought"), or even talk to or focus on each other. The speaker describes how they can "feel the roots of the house move, but sit on." This is a metaphor because, although storms can be powerful enough to destroy houses and damage their foundations, clearly no one would be in a house in such a storm. The ending of the poem acts to suggest more clearly the themes of powerlessness and vulnerability in the face of the elements running through the poem. The fact the couple continue to sit demonstrates their helplessness in the face of the weather, and their awareness of their helplessness. The window is described as "trembling," an echo of the personification in the fourth paragraph, suggesting even an inanimate object feels fear in the face of such a power. And, finally, the stones themselves are similarly personified as "crying out" against the wind. ...read more.

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