A Critical Analysis of Wind By Ted Hughes Essay

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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
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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". Once more the fixed immobility of the hills is being questioned. The poem continues with the wind further bullying the geography with "the fields quivering. There is more alliteration with the "black back gull bent like an iron bar slowly". This slowed reading pace reflects the progress of the bird and the iron bar simile has connotations of a crushing force.

The poem returns to the house. The house now has developed the fragility of a "fine green goblet" teetering on the edge of shattering. The characters inside are so preoccupied by their tormentor they "cannot entertain book, thought or each other". While the wind continues to dictate to the outside
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