Brief synopsis  or theme  

The wind starts on a wild journey over the country and around the earth. In this poetry, the wind is described as possessing human attributes and emotions such as pleasure and mischief. Wind intends to create a commotion, have a good time, and chase things. The wind prank lasted the entire day, from morning to night. William Howitt is the author of this poem.

 The Winds one morning as he awoke from his slumber. swept through a bustling city, groaning and scattering shutters, and carrying Old women’s bonnets and gingerbread booths away in cruel squalls. There has never been a more lustrous yell, The urchins, who stand with their thievish eyes Forever on watch, rushed off each with a prize as the apples and oranges tumbled about.

Then it was off to the field, blustering and humming. And the cattle were all wondering what was going to happen. It snatched the stern matronly cows by the tails and threw the colts’ manes all over their brows, till they all turned their backs and stood glumly motionless, outraged by such a familiar salute. So it continued, cavorting and pranking, whistling with reeds on the broad river’s banks, puffing the birds as they sat on the spray or the traveler’s grave on the king’s roadway.

It wasn’t very pleasant to flutter the beggar’s soiled clothes and bustle his bags: It was so audacious that it was afraid of ruining the doctor’s wig or the gentleman’s shouted and cried over the forest. And it caused them to bow without further ado, or shattered their massive branches to the core. Then it swooped down on cottages and farms like a monster, startling their occupants and causing them to flee like bees when they were threatened. The turkeys gobbled, the geese cried, and the chickens crept to roost in a fearful mob. there was the rearing of ladders and logs laying on, where the thatch from the roof threatened to be removed soon.

But the wind had carried on and encountered a schoolboy in a lane, who panted and battled in vain: for it tossed and whirled him, then passed him by, leaving him with his hat in a pool and his shoe in the mud. The wind then flew away, giddy with holiday joy! The lordly ships felt its staggering stroke, and the small boats raced to and fro. But darkness came, and it sunk to rest on the billowy sea. Laughing to think, in its frightened pleasure, how little havoc it had done on the sea-rock birds in the glittering west!

What is the poem’s mood conveyed?

Ans: The poem expresses sorrow. The devastation caused by a storm has been beautifully described. Even though it is regarded as a “pleasant” pastime for the wind, it wreaks chaos among people’s lives and other creatures.

What makes the poet refer to it as “a lustier shout”?

The women yelled hysterically as the winds blew through the stalls and businesses. That is the “lustier yell” that is mentioned in the poem.

What was the reward that the urchins ran away with?

The urchins dashed into the streets in search of fruits and oranges. The prize refers to the fruits that have fallen from the shelves of the stores.

What caused the apples and oranges to fall to the ground?

The fruits have been tossed around by the strong winds that have blown through the town’s market stalls.

was the wind successful in his action?

One day, the wind awoke from its slumber and wanted to have some fun. It just wants to wander around erratically and cause havoc all over the area for no apparent reason. It was successful in wreaking havoc on the town it passed through. People, animals, plants, and everything else became afraid as a result of the wind’s “joy.”


  • What effect did the wind have on the town?

    The wind had a catastrophic impact on the entire community. The shops were pounded, and the fruits are thrown across the streets. The gingerbread stalls and bonnets were smashed. Initially, the cattle were perplexed. The residents of the huts fled to save their lives. The roofs were on the verge of collapsing. Shops, buildings, trees, and even boats were rocking in the wind.


  • When the wind awoke from its slumber, what path did it take?
    Ans: The wind started its tour in the neighborhood’s market, passing through the shops on its way to the fields, then the wide river banks. It passed across the traveler’s burial and the king’s road later. The cottage was the next destination, followed by a farm. After causing havoc throughout the city, the winds made their way to the oceans .



  • How long did the wind’s actions last?

Ans: The wind proceeded to play tricks on us for a long time. As described in the poem, the chaos began in the morning and continued until the evening. As a result, the wind’s activities persisted for the entire day.


  • What impact did the wind have on humans, animals, and other natural phenomena?

Because of the storm, both humans and animals were afraid. People began leaving their homes to preserve their lives and prevent the homes from collapsing on them. The animals stood there perplexed, oblivious to what was going on. The birds were also shaken. Turkeys, geese, and hens were terrified.

  • Is the poem’s title appropriate? Give reasons to back up your answer.

Ans: The poem’s title has an ironic ring to it. The title “The Wind in a Frolic” sounds lively. A frolic is a pleasurable pastime. The poem contains a variety of incidents, such as people fleeing, animals shrieking in terror, and so on, none of which should be the result of a natural act.




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