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Understanding Poetry: “West Wind #2” — the real questions

What is it that we are to row toward?

Were we initially rowing from something?

Why?

The answer is not literal, not “the churn of water,” the “pounding,” the “falls/plunging.” We have to go into symbol and metaphor at this point.

The speaker leaves us to answer. Our only clue: a life without love hasn’t much worth.

Would you like me to tell you the answer?

What makes you think I know?


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