Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. He went to Cambridge University to study English and later switched to Archaeology and Anthropology. He won many prizes for his poems and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1984.
In this poem, the poet provides us with a very strange picture of the wind that he imagines to be present on the moon.
There is no wind on the moon at all
Yet things get blown about.
He then goes on to point out that the wind seems to be howling all over the moon's surface but it is doing so in utter stillness. This is very strange indeed and rather like using phrases such as, bright darkness, dark sunlight or cold flames! Can you think of any other opposites or absurd pairs?
In the poem we also come across very unusual things such as a squall of cabbages and a somersaulting giraffe. Here we see how the poet has used his imagination to create completely new images with which to amuse and startle us.
Words to Know :
Clouts : hits
Ferris Wheel : a giant revolving vertical wheel, as seen at fun-fairs
Flounders : struggles and plunges (as) in mud or while wading