Asked • 05/04/19

What is the symbolism of the Western Wind (or Zephyr)?

I was reading some poetry and I stumbled upon the four-line ['Western Wind' by Anonymous](https://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/poetry/poetry_in_motion/atlas/newyork/western_wind/), written in the 16th century: > Western wind when wilt thou blow the small rain down can rain Christ if my love were in my arms and I in my bed again Is this poem inspired by symbolism used in previous works associated with the West Wind and/or Zephyr in English literature? I’m asking if the west wind in English literature or artistic thought carries any symbolism.

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Daniel W. answered • 06/06/19

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Elk P. answered • 05/05/19

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