Study Guide

Who Has Seen the Wind? Man and the Natural World

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Man and the Natural World

Since we're talking about wind in "Who Has Seen the Wind?" we know that nature is going to play a mighty big role in our speaker's intended message. Sometimes nature makes sense, sometimes it doesn't, but either way we know that when those leaves are "trembling," the wind is passing through.

Questions About Man and the Natural World

  1. How is nature portrayed in Rossetti's poem? Does it make sense to us or is it just one big mystery?
  2. How does the speaker's tone contribute to the poem's theme of nature? Does her tone help to provide any sort of insight? Explain. 
  3. Why is nature so often a focal point in nursery rhymes? What might kids learn from nature? 
  4. What does the personification of the trees add to the poem's theme of nature? Does it help to make sense of the wind at all?

Chew on This

Nature is often invisible in "Who Has Seen the Wind," which makes it mysterious and perfect for a nursery rhyme.

Nature isn't a total mystery since we still know the wind is "passing through" when those leaves start to tremble.

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