“Storm Warnings” by Adrienne Rich

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“Storming Warning” is written in chronological order to describe an oncoming storm. The speaker of the poem to be aware of the approaching storm and is taking safety precautions to protect themselves. However the storm reveals a much more deeper meaning. Adrienne Rich uses both literal and metaphorical meaning to compare the storm to the emotions of an individual.

The poet’s tone presents a gloomy, melancholy tone so readers get the general atmosphere of the storm. In the first stanza, readers are aware of the literal meaning of the poem. They understand that the storm is approaching because of “the glass falling all afternoon,” which is in reference to the barometer and the “boughs strain against the sky.” Each description are symbols indicating that trouble is coming external as well as internal. The second stanza focus on the origin of the storm but the main concern is the weather will come regardless of the forecast. Also this stanza reveals underlying meaning in the last few lines. When it says,“ weather in the heart” is also describes the internal chaos. Just as weather can be unpredictable, pain and hurt can also be the same.

Regardless of if we know something before it happens, we cannot change the fact that it is coming. Weather cannot be changed, we just have to protect ourselves from the worst just as we would protect ourselves from sorrow and heartache. Overall readers are exposed to the emotional meaning of the poem. Many readers can relate because they can compare the storm to their own emotional trials.
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