Form

The poem consists of five quatrains.

The poem holds no regular rhyming scheme. This seems appropriate, given the centrality of natural elements within the poem, namely:

  • the wind
  • the sea

The lack of rhyming scheme reflects their unpredictable nature within the lines of the poem.

The poem is written in a first-person narrative. Like in ‘I Gave You Immortality’, the speaker in the poem is the poet himself.

In another similar vein to I Gave You Immortality MacLean addresses the subject of the poem (in this case the girl of the red-gold hair) directly. This lends a sense of immediacy to the poem, and the emotions contained within it.