Hurricane Hits England. Grace Nichols. It took a hurricane, to bring her closer To the landscape. Half the night she lay awake, The howling ship of the wind , Its gathering rage, Like some dark ancestral spectre . Fearful and reassuring . Why 3 rd person?. An effective metaphor?.
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It took a hurricane, to bring her closerTo the landscape.Half the night she lay awake,The howling ship of the wind,Its gathering rage,Like some dark ancestral spectre.Fearful and reassuring.
Why 3rd person?
An effective metaphor?
How do these words make you feel?
Why would something so fearful be ‘reassuring’?
Why repeat the word?
Is this possible?
Who/what are these names of?
Tell me why you visitAn English coast?What is the meaningOf old tonguesReaping havoc In new places?
How is the hurricane a reminder of ‘old tongues’?
The blinding illumination,Even as you short-Circuit usInto further darkness?
What is the meaning of treesFalling heavy as whalesTheir crusted rootsTheir cratered graves?
Why does the poet remind us of the sea through her choice of words?
The last question before the answers
What is the speaker’s heart ‘unchained’ from? What was it ‘chained’ to?
Tropical Oya of the Weather,I am aligning myself to you,I am following the movement of your winds,I am riding the mystery of your strom.
The speaker seems to resolve her issues by following nature.
Ah, sweet mystery,Come to break the frozen lake in me,Shaking the foundations of the very trees within me,Come to let me knowThat the earth is the earth is the earth
A mystery is something difficult to understand yet magical.
Why does the speaker compare herself with nature?
What has ‘come to’ the speaker that is difficult to understand, yet is magical?