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To The Thawing Wind

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Hanna Tillman

on 3 December 2013

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Transcript of To The Thawing Wind

Literal: The poet is ordering the Southwest wind to come and melt the ice away and bring Spring. He's also asking the wind to come and awaken his household.

Figurative: The poet is longing for Spring to come and allow him to be outside and be inspired by the new growth that comes in the springtime.
1. Melt it as the ice will go
Metaphor: Like the melting ice, the poets writers block melts.

Literal: The warm breeze melts the ice.

Figurative: The poet wants to feel happiness as the ice melts
Who is the speaker?
The speaker is a poet who is trapped in his house during the cold winter months. The speaker may be Robert Frost himself.

What is the situation?
The poet is waiting for the warm wind to come and bring him inspiration that comes with Spring.

Theme? Just as a warm breeze melts the cold and brings new life, spring is an inspiration to people to get outside and experience life.

2. Melt the glass and leave the sticks
Imagery: The reader can visualize a window without the glass and only the window frame.

Literal: Remove the glass from the frame but leave the window pane.

Figurative: The poet wants the spring wind to warm his house.
3. Like a Hermit's crucifix
Simile: The window pane resembles a crucifix with just the sticks left

Hyberbole: The poet is like a hermit because he's been cooped up in his house all winter, but he is not actually a hermit

Literal: The poet who is Hermit-like, holds a crucifix.

Figurative: The poet is referring to himself as a hermit because he is held up inside his house.
4. Burst into my narrow stall
Literal: The poet entices the wind to enter his small house with force.

Figurative; The poet wants to feel the effects of spring within his house, referring to the warm breeze.
5. Swing the picture on the wall
Metaphor: The swinging picture is a metaphor for a disruption of the poets life.

Literal: The wind blows a picture on the wall.

Figurative: The warm spring air disrupts his household and makes him restless.
6. Run the rattling pages o'er
Literal: The wind blows his papers and the pages of his books.

Figurative: The books are only being moved with the wind because he wants to be with nature and not reading.
7. Scatter poems on the floor
Imagery; Readers can visualize the room full of scattered papers.

Literal: The wind blows his poems on the floor.

Figurative: The poems are starting to be meaningless now since Spring has come. They have lost their importance to the poet.
8. Turn the poet out of door.
Theme: The whole poem is building up to the moment when spring arrives and the poet is drawn outside to experience life.

Literal: The wind chases the poet outside.

Figurative: Springtime entices the poet to go outside and experience nature rather the be indoors writing.
The mood of this poem is hopeful and anxious. The poet is anticipating the warm breeze of spring and hopeful for the inspiration it brings.



The poem has a consistent rhyme
scheme until the last three lines,
which all rhyme.
Word Choice
Hermit- describes the isolated state of the poet during winter
Stall- Helps the reader visualize the poets house as being small and restraining
Poet- directly tells readers that the subject of the poem is a poet, which hints towards the poem being about Frost himself.
Melt: the removal of something bad
There are semi-colons after every line in order to keep the poem flowing
Melting: used multiple times to describe the coming of spring

Disruption of the poets house: used multiple times to emphasize the way that spring affects the poet
This passage describes the coming of spring and the affects it has on the poet. By the end of the passage, readers see that the poet has disregarded his works in order to go out and experience the new life brought by spring. If this passage were removed, the poem would lack the overall meaning and the explanation of what happened to the poet.
To The Thawing Wind
By Robert Frost

Come with rain, O loud Southwester!
Bring the singer, bring the nester;
Give the buried flower a dream;
Make the settled snow-bank steam;
Find the brown beneath the white;
But whate'er you do to-night,
Bathe my window, make it flow,
Melt it as the ice will go;
Melt the glass and leave the sticks;
Like a Hermit's crucifix;
Burst into my narrow stall;
Swing the picture on the wall
Run the rattling pages o'er;
Scatter poems on the floor;
Turn the poet out of door.

An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its primary meaning.
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