Study Guide

Wind Allusions

By Ted Hughes

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Literary and Philosophical References

  • Rilke, "Sonnet to Orpheus XIII" (17): In one of his most famous poems from The Sonnet to Orpheus, Rainer Maria Rilke writes, "be the crystal cup that shattered even as it rang." Could this have influenced Ted Hughes's image of the house in "Wind," which seems like a ringing goblet that might shatter at any moment? Maybe. It was enough of a coincidence for us to list it here, at any rate.

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