Form

The poem is comprised of four stanzas:

Visually, the lines of the poem are generally irregular. This perhaps reflects the dramatic, unpredictable landscape that the poem describes.

There are shorter lines in the closing stanza. Along with words associated with speed – surge and impetuous - these help move the poem to a climactic conclusion.

Unlike some of MacLean’s more immediately personal poems, this poem is not written in first person.