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Hello,

Do you hear the cry as the pack goes by?

The wind-wolves hunting across the sky?

Hear them tongue it, keen and clear,

Hot on the flanks of the flying deer!

Across the forest, mere, and plain,

Their hunting howl goes up again!

All night they’ll follow the ghostly trail,

All night we’ll hear their phantom wail,

For tonight the wind-wolf pack holds sway

From Pegasus Square to the Milky Way,

And the frightened bands of cloud-deer flee

In scattered groups of two and three.

What is the meaning of the lines in bold?
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Hi,

Overall, it's a poem where the image is that of wolves hunting deer across the sky. Can you try to tell us what your understanding is of each line in question, and then we can comment for you?

For example, All night we’ll hear their phantom wail . .

Have you ever heard a wolf, or even a dog, cry out in the night?

Best wishes, Clive
Hello,

Do you hear the cry as the pack goes by?

The wind-wolves hunting across the sky? (1)

Hear them tongue it, keen and clear,

Hot on the flanks of the flying deer! (2)

Across the forest, mere, and plain,

Their hunting howl goes up again!

All night they’ll follow the ghostly trail, (3)

All night we’ll hear their phantom wail,(4)

For tonight the wind-wolf pack holds sway

From Pegasus Square to the Milky Way,

And the frightened bands of cloud-deer flee

In scattered groups of two and three.

My understanding for (1)

Here wind ahs been compared with wolves hunting across the sky means the wind is blowing across the sky.

for (2)

Here poet says the wind is blowing as the wolves are chasing the deers.

for(3) no idea.

for (4)

As wind is blowing through out the night and we can the sound of the wind and that sound is compared with sound of a ghost.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Hi,

Basically OK.


All night they’ll follow the ghostly trail, (3)


for(3) no idea.

All night, the wind will blow across the sky, like the 'wolves' are following the deer''s trail across the sky.

Best wishes, Clive
Hello, Mr Clive.

Thanks for giving your valuable thoughts.

One thing I want to know that

"wind-wolves" = wind that is compared with wolves

cloud-deer = cloud that is compared with deer.

Are both metaphoric example?
The poem is a lyrical comparison of wind to a pack of wolves. Just as you see a pack of wolves hot on the heels of a deer, similarly you can find the wind hunting for the clouds.
The sound of wind blowing remind you of the collective howl of the wolves.
As the wind blows across the forest, lakes and plains, its noise building up gradually it chases relentelesly the trail of fleeing clouds.
Just as the pack of wolves with their continuous chase, force the herd of deer to run to satisy in ones, and twos, similarlily the fierce wind chases the dense clousds across the milky way and forces it to break into group of twos and three.
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The poem is a lyrical comparison of wind to a pack of wolves. Just as you see a pack of wolves hot on the heels of a deer, similarly you can find the wind hunting for the clouds.
The sound of wind blowing remind you of the collective howl of the wolves.
As the wind blows across the forest, lakes and plains, its noise building up gradually it chases relentelesly the trail of fleeing clouds.
Just as the pack of wolves with their continuous chase, force the herd of deer to run to satisy in ones, and twos, similarlily the fierce wind chases the dense clousds across the milky way and forces it to break into group of twos and three.

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The poem employs the imagery of wolves pursuing deer to dramatize the wind blowing clouds through the night sky. The wailing of the wind - especially the winter wind - has often been compared to the howling of wolves, in literature, but this poem is unique in using the imagery of the sky as the hunting-ground, and clouds as the "prey." "Hot on the flanks," incidentally, is a reference to the hot breath of a wolf on the flanks of its prey as it is about to bring that prey animal down... and the feel of that hot breath, undoubtedly, could be expected to pursue its prey to a redoubled effort to escape!