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In the poem Night Wind by Christopher Dewdney, the twilight breeze is used to illustrate a persons journey through the past, the present and, the future.

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Introduction

Dalton Galke A night wind can, to one person represent a cold, biting force but to another it brings peace and calm within darkened and softened natural images. The way in which such a natural force is interpreted depends entirely upon the circumstances in which one encounters it. To someone who has been tormented by misfortune and sadness a normally peaceful breeze blows right through them, chilling them to the bone. And for one who has been blessed with love and happiness, a harsh wind can be gentle as a child's breath. ...read more.

Middle

The passage begins to show mystery or perhaps fond reminiscence at the previous experiences of this person. And, as the wind begins to blow "in the trees, /deeper into each" (4/5) it becomes a more desperate and rushing force. The tone of the poem becomes agitated and hurried as it "races without burden"(10), it moves "Restlessly"(9) and "impatiently"(9). Perhaps the reason for the rushing of the wind is anxiety or a certain limit of time. This increases the intensity of the poem and brings a crisis at the beginning. The word through appears 3 times within the first two stanzas implying that no force can stop the wind. ...read more.

Conclusion

But upon bringing the subject through walls, it "claims me inside buildings" (12). This shows domination the wind (if it had not had it before) now has complete domination. The description of the wind as an "empire" (13) shows it power and dominance. It is an expanding force that holds the captive with an iron fist. However, the action of the empire is not one of conquest or war, but a retreat. Perhaps the dominance of the wind is a peaceful one. The assonance between the words "deliverance" (14) and "dark" (15) shows the closeness and similarities of the two things. The wind is finding refuge in the shadows. Enjambment is used once again to show the swiftness of the wind rushing through the "Oaks/ that wrestle the gusty twilight"(15/16) ...read more.

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