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Why does the wind so want to blow | 17-Oct-07

Our enquirer is looking for the poem that includes the lines "Oh why does the wind so want to blow" and "when it has the whole world to blow about." This is a poem our enquirer's mother used to recite.

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Thanks to a comment from a visitor to the website, we have found the poem. It is 'The Wind' by Elizabeth Rendall. The first couple of lines are as follows:

"Why does the wind so want to be
Here in my little room with me?
He's all the world to blow about,
But just because I keep him out"

The complete poem (three stanzas) can be found in The Book of a Thousand Poems, which was published by Peter Bedrick books in 1983.
Poetry Library

Thank you so very much for helping me find this poem! It is one that my mother would recite by heart all the time and it meant a great deal to my family to find this poem now that Mum has gone...she died too soon to get her reciting the poem on tape, so this is the next best thing. Again I am grateful.
Jane Sims Rotunno

Yes I know most of this poem by heart. Want to know the rest
Denise Quinn

I want to know about E.Rendall.Is he alive?

Asad Kazi

Why does the wind so want to be
here in my little room with me
with all the world to blow about
and just because I keep him out
he frets upon the window sill
and cannot be a moment still

I don't remember the rest! I learned it in the Robert's English Series in elementary school.
esther hurtado

"The Wind" by E. Rendall found in a small anthology "A First Book Of Modern Poetry" selected by HA Treble, published MacMillan & Co in 1925.
Who was E Rendall?
Lesley Scott




When I was at primary school in 1938 I won an eraser as a prize for reciting this poem. Here is how I remember it now!

Oh why does the wind so want to be here in my little room
with me?
He has all the world to blow about but just because i keep him out
he cannot be a moment still and frets upon my window cill
And sometimes brings the noisy rain to help him batter at my pane

Upon my door he comes to knock, rattles rattles and lifts the lock
then lifts the latch and stirs the key and waits a moment breathlessly
Then still more fiercely than before he shakes my little trembling door
Although "come in" "come in" I say he neither comes or goes away
Bare foot across the chilly floor I run and fling wide open the door
He rushes in, then back again and goes to batter door and pane
Pleased to blow my candle out he has all the world to blow about
So why does the wind so want to be here in my little room with me?

John Hayward


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