Study Guide

Wind Tough-o-Meter

By Ted Hughes

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(3) Base Camp

Once you get what "Wind" is about—namely, the wind—it's not too hard to figure out what's going on. The wind is smashing stuff, knocking birds around, threatening to break a window, etc. You know, just typical wind business. But there are some tough lines in the poem, which elevate this piece above mere child's play.

Take the first line, for instance: "This house has been far out at sea all night" (1). If the house had really been out at sea all night, then this would've been a "sea-level" poem. But the fact that it's a metaphor for the house's isolation on a windy landscape kicks things up a notch or two. There are colorful touches and surreal moments that help make the poem challenging at first—you need to use (a little) legwork to take it all in.

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