Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Big Wind

Big Wind

The poem that I found intriguing this week was Big Wind by Theodore Roethke. On the outside this poem talks about an old-rose house or (greenhouse) riding the storm out. Metaphorically speaking I find how this poem can also be talking about how we as society ride the storm out. All of us have ups and downs in one form or another throughout our lives. Speaking metaphorically “Lunging into the lashing,” can mean how many times we get beat with many bad fortunes in our lifetimes like bad luck, unemployment, or the death of a close family member. “Watching the pressure gauge waver over to red,” could stand for the anger that comes from dealing with our bad fortunes that beat at us. “Stuffing the holes with burlap” could stand for how we work and work towards a fix or to better things for ourselves.

As we read this poem, all of us can take its meaning differently. I think Big Wind was written about a strong storm that hit the family greenhouse and they stayed and did the best they could to save it, and the way it ends, they did. This can also be seen as how we face bad fortune and adversity, we fight and deal with it head on, and we come out better in the long run. There can be different personal interpretations of this poem. What is yours? Can we read more into this poem and come out with a different meaning than the obvious that the author intended?

1 comment:

  1. Corey, I love your interpretation of the Roethke's poem. My favorite line was "she hove into the teeth of it." I took this as Roethke telling us not only to continue on, but jump head first. As a child, my mom use to describe this as "eat the frog." Do that in which you so strongly detest first and you will have no worries to follow you after. Stress will then deviate itself from the human psyche.