What message does John Masefield try to communicate through the poem The West Wind? 

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In “The West Wind” by John Masefield the message is you can go home again to the land where you belong. The poem begins with the speaker describing the lands where the west wind blows. It is an idyllic setting of spring with the warm winds and daffodils. The west lands seem perfect to the speaker, so perfect that the thought of them brings tears to his eyes. John Masefield uses vivid imagery as he describes the land as a respite; “It’s a fine land, the west land, for hearts as tired as mine, Apple orchards blossom there, and the air's like wine.”

In the third and fourth stanza, the west wind takes over as the speaker. It tries to persuade the speaker to come home calling the speaker his “brother” while reminding him of the blue skies, the warm rain, the insects humming, and informing him that it is spring again. In the fourth stanza, the persuasion continues as the wind addresses the speaker's need for a place that takes care of weary hearts and minds.

Finally, in the last stanza, the original speaker says,

It's the white road westwards is the road I must tread

To the green grass, the cool grass, and rest for heart and head,

To the violets, and the warm hearts, and the thrushes' song,

In the fine land, the west land, the land where I belong.

He decides that he should go back to the west lands; he should go home where he belongs.