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A Critical Analysis of Wind By Ted Hughes

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  • Submitted: 12/08/2003
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Laura Gater
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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.

5 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 08/05/2013

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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. The line "stampeding the fields" accentuate the brutality of the wind attacking the natural surroundings. In keeping with the oceanic metaphor the house "floundering" evokes a sense futility. The alliteration in "black" and "blinding" impose emphasis upon the words and a heightened sense of awareness in the reader.

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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.

5 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 08/05/2013

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