Short Answer Type Questions
Question 1: Describe the central idea of the poem.
Answer: The poem “Wind” inspires us to face the challenges thrown at us with grit and firm determination. We should be strong enough to face all the hardships of life with courage. Wind symbolizes problems and obstacles that we all face and go through at some point in our lives.
Question 2: Is the wind regarded as a symbol of destruction in the poem? Explain.
Answer: In the poem, first stanza depicts the destruction caused by wind. The wind tears the pages of the books, brings rain again, and destroys the daily life of the weaker section of the world. The strong or gusty winds represent turmoil and trouble in our life. These troubles are to be ignored.
Question 3: What are the figures of speech in the poem ‘Wind’?
Answer: The most common figure of speech in the poem is ‘Anaphore’ which means repeating of certain words. The repetition of the word ‘don’t’ in the first three lines of the poem is an example of Anaphore. Also, the entire poem is a metaphor as it ends on a note of application to humanity to stand against all ravages, natural or man-made.
Question 4: Can wind ever be friends with us ?
Answer: Wind, literally, can be our friend. Wind is a phenomenon which teaches us to be strong. Our friends always teach us to be strong and determined. In times of need, wind wants us to bravely face our obstacles. Hence, we have to be strong when there are obstacles in our life so that we don’t get beaten up by them.
Long Answer Type Questions
Question 1: What challenges are posed by wind in the life of the poet and the common man ?
Answer: In our lives, wind destructs our daily routine. It hampers and dampens the spirit of life around. According to the poet, rain and wind were deeds of nature that are perceived as the tempest forces which destroy the old and evil inside a man in order to create joy and liberty in his mind. The wind is that difficult natural phenomenon which is very difficult to be predicted accurately just as our problems which can arise from nowhere. It can hit us at any time of our life. It mocks the very being of being alive. For frail people, literally and metaphorically, wind creates barriers. Winds do not let a frail body or a frail mind survive but on the other hand, if you are strong, you have the power and the will to survive and fight back, wind can never be a threat to your living being.
Question 2: Does the poem reflect the human suffering being initiated by the wind? Explain with examples.
Answer: I believe that wind is a poignant example of the metaphor of God’s will for a variety of reasons. First wind is invisible, but the effects it has on other aspects of this world are clear and evident. Our poem reflects upon both the constructive and destructive paths taken by the wind. The wind is extreme and violent, but not necessarily legitimately with anger and emotions. Wind creates compassion, but apathy at the same time in human life. Winds emphasize the passionate, intense nature of the poet, while the decay and death inherent in the metaphor suggest the sacrifice and suffering of humans. We also see that wind is a metaphor for God’s will because its effects in this world can be both beneficial or ostensibly destructive.