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THE WIND Hughes' admiration of nature is often set against his lack of admiration of man. These things are balanced against each other in several of his poems such as wind In Wind, there is a conflict between the man and the power of the wind. the poem, written in the first person, describes an exceptionally stormy night. Hughes uses different kinds of imagery to show this: he imagines that the house is like a ship, tossed on the waves - "far out at sea all night". He uses personification to give the wind an identity: Hughes writes about the wind "stampeding the fields" as if it is a cowboy deliberately making the grass and crops in the fields move violently, like stampeding cattle. He allows the wind to have power of its own, as he speaks of the way the "wind wielded/ Blade-light", as if it is dangerous and deadly; he accepts his weak strength in the force of its onslaught. All through the poem, the wind seems to be deliberately creating disorder: it "flung a magpie away" and makes the "window tremble" as if fearful in the face of the wind. ...read more.


Line three goes on to speak of the tiger and lion, who are apparently "fatigued with indolence". Again the tone is of sleepiness and possibly boredom, The next stanza opens with the following line: "But who runs like the rest past these arrives" This line does not explain of whom it is in regard therefore we have yet to learn that the animal is the jaguar. Immediately it strikes me as being a far more active situation than all those described in previous verses. The use of the word 'but' is quite effective in that it immediately breaks the tone and the reader knows that something different is about to be described. Already it is evident that this animal is living more as it would in it's natural environment, which is quite refreshing in comparison to the droning lifestyles of the other animals encountered earlier. The cage at which the creature arrives is observed by a crowd, which "stands, stares, mesmerised". The people are captured by the animal and in awe of it. The monosyllabic words are used with the effect of being abrupt to fit with the feeling of the poem much like the way Hughes use harsh short words in"The Thistle". ...read more.


This metaphoric sentence continues my point about the jaguar being an animal who does as he likes, whose only entrapment is the cell. Although the cell is there, it is not an issue to the jaguar. This is a clever contrast to the image of the other animals like the tiger and lion, who lie sleeping under straw in their cages. This is reinforced by the proceeding sentence, which describes his stride as "wildernesses of freedom". This again discusses the wide open spaces that the jaguar feels he occupies. "The world rolls under the long thrust of his heel" boasts the penultimate sentence. The jaguar is a ruler, a king in his own right, and he has the power to transport himself back to his homeland in his mind. He feels that the world is his oyster, and his disregard of the cage that confines him. The final line also delineates this: "Over the cage floor the horizons come." The jaguar is seeing his homeland, where he was free to "run like the rest" .and sees the horizons on the vast plains. He believes he can see the country and so the cage floor is insignificant and serves only to accommodate the forests of his country. ...read more.

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