Study Guide

Wind Isolation

By Ted Hughes

Isolation

This house has been far out at sea all night (1)

The house feels even more isolated than it really is—thanks to the wind—which makes it seem as though the house were alone on the ocean.

At noon I scaled along the house-side as far as
The coal-house door. Once I looked up—
Through the brunt wind that dented the balls of my eyes (9-11)

Our speaker, even though he later mentions a "we," seems here to be going through this ordeal alone. His experience with the wind is his alone, with the emphasis on being alone. That's enough to dent anyone's eyeballs.

[…] Now deep
In chairs, in front of the great fire, we grip
Our hearts and cannot entertain book, thought

Or each other. (18-21)

The wind breaks down human relations. It imposes itself on everyone's attention and removes awareness of everything else, including other people.

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