It is open to any interpretation as is all poetry and that is the beauty of poetry! It allows us to experiment and adventure our own wandering conscience and find meaning that is obvious rather than obscure or hidden. It is enlightening through our own meditation.
Why is this poem obviously about an argument? There is not a strand of evidence to suggest the poem is about such. The poem is about the wind and the poet cares about nature and nature alone. Anyone who has felt the force of the wind high up on the Yorkshire moors will know that a recent domestic dispute would be the last thing on your mind. Hughes is interested in the wind as a force of nature. He explores its power and intensity in the poem. Should the poem involve him and his wife at all, it must be about how fragile and insignificant they are in the presence of such a powerful force.
'For quite a few years my parents lived in a house on top of a high ridge in West Yorkshire, over the Calder Valley. Either side of this ridge the valleys just dived away out of sight, right down into a gorge and trees and streams... and then on the other side the hillsides rose up very steeply to the moors...
'This is a poem about a gale that went on for a few days and if you've ever been in a gale like that for a while, it gets in your head, begins to affect you.'
This poem is obviously about an argument between Hughes and his wife. I understand how people could think it was about a storm. But if you analyze the poem you would see that Ted is comparing the argument to a storm. The first line of the first stanza 'this house has been far out at sea all night' is a metaphor. This metaphor is saying that the house is a boat in a huge stormy sea. Being 'far out at sea' indicates that they cannot stabalize themselves and make it back to safety. In other words, the argument is so out of control that it is too late for them now to turn back around and save themselves from this horrific experience.
This whole poem is an extended metaphor, the reason for this is so Hughes can explain the poem and himself without putting it out there in front of your eyes. What fun is a poem that doesn't have to be analyzed and understood? Ted is basically saying that his relationship with Sylvia is one gigantic, out of control argument - It is just like a storm or hurricane, excedingly violent and very destructive.
I hope I've helped someone out with their school work or just someone wanting to know what this poem is about. =)
Sometimes a poem about wind is a poem about wind. I highly doubt that this poem has anything to do with Hughes' relationship with Plath. Wind is a masterful poem and Hughes is trying to capture in words the essence of this force of nature - the truth of a terrific windstorm in all its aspects, using words in such a way that the reader can feel, hear, see, and sense the phenomenon.
i believe that this poem wasn't to do with domestic influences but to do with his first wife. we were discussing this poem in english and we decided that ted hughes wrote this poem about his relationship with his first wife. that it was stormy and they never got on well and as a result after their divorce she commited suicide by putting her head in a gas oven. i think that ted hughes then wrote this poem. i think he feels guilt as he writes this poem. this is my view on this poem and i do agree with other people aswell with the domestic influences
i also believe the poem has domestic influences, such as the concentrated influence of the word house, and then various conotations the reader can pick up on can also help this idea. I think that overall, the poem demonstrates two central theme depending on how you analyse it.
1. That humans are insignificant to the power of nature. So no matter how much we as people change and alter the world around us, we are never in complete control.
2. people have power when united together (such as them being in the house together(although they are still useless against the weather) it is vitally important for society on the whole.
anyway, thats just a few ideas to think about, see if you can spot them x
This poem is not about wind. I feel it's a description of his relationship with Syliva Plath. Any poem talking about houses always have a domestic issue at their basis. 'The house had been far out at sea' to me is the distance between them.