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A Critical Analysis of Wind By Ted Hughes

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A Critical Analysis of Wind By Ted Hughes Hughes's opening line is sculpted in such a way that it gives the reader an abundance of sensations. The poet achieves amazing efficiency in the line "far out at sea all night" in that the reader is exposed to distance, time and environment. The metaphor of the house being "out at sea" projects the image of a boat "far out" feeling totally isolated. The house faces wave upon wave of inexhaustible pounding from the wind as a boat would from an enraged sea. The time scale of "all night" could literally mean all night or it may refer to the perception that the wind is so acutely intense that it feels prolonged. The words "crashing", "booming" and "stampeding elevate the wind to one of biblical proportions which sounds like an orchestra thumping out a killer crescendo.


A stormy sky like a stormy sea appears black and not green but emerald acknowledging depth. Like the sea the sky is rapidly changing or "flexing". The word "mad" carries connotations of being unpredictable and unreasonable. The third stanza introduces characters into the ordeal. Hughes uses the characters add familiarity for the reader. When the character describes how they "scaled along the house side" the reader can familiarise themselves with what its actually like to tackle nature at its most savage. In this case the character has to "scale" instead of walk almost like a mountaineer due to the oppressive wind. The statement the "wind dented the balls of my eyes" demonstrates the winds ability exercise spite and pain on a personal level. The winds monumental power is again exhibited when Hughes states "The tent hills drummed and strained its guyrope".


In the last two lines of the poem Hughes writes the "window tremble to come in" and "stones cry out". The personification in "tremble" and "cry" show that even inanimate objects are displaying signs of fear and distress. The theme for the poem is ultimate respect for nature's weapons and total humility for anything caught in the conflict. In some instances respect turns to terror as if hiding from an omnipotent tyrant. The structure of the poem is consistent throughout with six stanzas of equal length. Hughes uses a lot of alliteration to break up the reading fluency to reflect the choppy subject of the poem. Hughes's use of metaphor skilfully illustrate the scale and nature of the wind whilst drawing attention to the way the wind exploits the delicacy of the surroundings we usually consider so dependably solid.

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This essay demonstrates skilful analysis and a clear understanding of how the poem can be interpreted.
There are times when a point could be further developed so that form and structure could be further explored.

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Marked by teacher Laura Gater 08/05/2013

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