Hi.. please please.. What is the analysis of the poem "The Wind" by James Stephens??

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I don't know if I can give you "the" analysis of "The Wind" by James Stephens, but I can give you an analysis of the poem.

"The Wind" by James Stephens is centered around personification:  the wind "stood up," "gave a shout," "whistled," "Kicked," "thumped," "said he'll kill," has a voice, fingers, legs, and hands.  The wind, in addition to acting and speaking and being built like a human, is given gender:  the wind is a "he." 

The speaker covers usual effects of the wind, giving human motivation to the actions.  The wind makes loud noises, which become a shout and a whistle; the wind blows leaves around, which becomes a kick; branches break, here they are thumped; wind kills people, here it's on purpose.

The speaker also gives personality to the wind, which of course it doesn't really possess.  In "The Wind," wind is apparently vindictive, and certainly destructive. 

The writer gives a perspective of nature different from the usual.

The poem is divided into three, two-line stanzas with a rhyme scheme of ab ab cc, contains only two sentences, and uses repetition of the clause immediately preceding it as the short, simple second sentence.  The final line:

And so he will!  And so he will!

concludes the poem and with its use of repetition, together with the rhyme and the long first sentence, adds unity. 

Finally, the most powerful line of the poem in terms of content, meaning, and effect is emphasized with alliteration:

And said he'll kill, and kill, and kill,...

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