Hi.. In the poem the wind by James Stephens.. Is there identified audeince?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the poem "The Wind" by James Stephens, the poet shares his observations on the powers and motives of natural forces - in this case the wind. It is not clear who he is sharing these observations with, but it seems as if the "withered leaves" might cover a fair expanse - perhaps a park or a playground. So, the audience could be children, or young adults. This would tie in with the idea of warnings and the note of caution about destruction and the power to cause disorder. There is a note of glee however, and of amusement, on the part of Stephens when contemplating the mischief of the wind - the poet seems to relish the prospect of some fun!

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that there is not an audience that is actually identified in the words of the poem.  No one is addressed by the speaker.  The speaker is simply describing what the wind is doing.

In my opinion, the speaker is meaning this poem as something of a general warning to all people.  He is pointing out how something that seems playful and harmless (like the wind) can actually be very dangerous.

So I would say that there is no identified audience, but I would also say that the poem's actual audience is all people.