Hughes Nature Imagery

Ted Hughes’s nature poems include Wind, Rain, October Dawn, and November. The wind is a wholly descriptive poem. It describes a storm . The description and the fierce mood nature is beautifully recorded in it. The portrayal of a tremendous dramatic picture of a landscape severely affected by weather is fully packed with imagery. The poem begins with a kind of metaphor It Seems to the poet that The house in which he is sitting at this time had been out at sea all night. He has this feeling because all night a storm had been raging. It seemed to the inmates that the house was being buffeted on the sea by the raging wind and waves. According to Alan Bold, this poem takes as its physical starting point the house of Hughes’s parents. Hughes describes that house as some fine green goblet The poem is full of magnificently arranged physical images which transform the so-called ordinary objects into objects of wonder. The comparison of the house to a ship is beautiful.The fury of the storm is further conveyed to us by the phrases like the woods crashing, the hills booming, the winds stampeding the fields, through the brunt wind that dented the balls of my eyes, etc which creates an original photograph of the landscape affected by the wind. In the second stanza it is said that ‘the hills have new places’. Through the imaginative power of the poet, he effectively creates the changed landscape that it becomes unfamiliar. The difficulty in moving against the wind is also created by saying I scaled along with the house –side…..The landscape containing hills suddenly changing to a tend during the dreadful storm, the magpie which was flung away, etc gives the moving landscape instead of the stillness in some other poems. The wind is a not a tough poem to a reader who had some personal experience with a furious storm.

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