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Who Has Seen the Wind?

Who Has Seen the Wind?


by Christina Rossetti

Who Has Seen the Wind? Theme of Awe and Amazement

Sometimes all we can do is stare in amazement when we see nature do its thing. The same holds true in "Who Has Seen the Wind?" as we watch the leaves tremble and wonder why we can't see the force that is not only powerful, but pretty much everywhere we go.

Questions About Awe and Amazement

  1. How do you think the wind appears through a child's eyes? Is it just plain amazing or something else? 
  2. How does the speaker capture the awesome force of the wind in the poem? What are some poetic devices you see her using in order to do so? 
  3. Is there something symbolic about the awesome wind in the poem? Does it appear to represent something bigger than itself and nature? 
  4. Do you think the wind would've felt any less amazing with more ornate language? If the speaker dressed it up a bit would her message feel different? Explain.

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The most amazing things in nature (and Rossetti's poem) are often the things we can't see with the naked eye.

By keeping her imagery simple, our speaker is able to capture the ways nature manages to captivate our imaginations, no matter if we're still a kid or not.

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