• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare how the use of war imagery is presented in 'Nettles' and Manhunt

Extracts from this document...


Compare how the use of war imagery is presented in Nettles and one other poem from relationships. Both Vernon Scannell and Simon Armitage show imagery of war through the poems ?Nettles? and ?Manhunt?. Vernon Scannell uses personification, to bring human qualities to the poem and Simon Armitage uses metaphors to bring interpretation to ?Manhunt?. Both ?Nettles? and ?Manhunt? use imagery of war, to bring an effect on the reader, for example in ?Nettles? he uses army term names e.g. ?Spears?, ?regiment? and ?fallen dead?. The use of the violent and excessive objects, against something so harm less, the nettles shows his love and need of protection for his son, furthermore the use of the violent object for such insignificant event, could suggest the father has been through a traumatic event in the war. ...read more.


Whereas Simon Armitage uses metaphors to present war ?bind the struts and climb the rungs of his broken ribs? the word ?bind? suggest that the wife is beginning to heal and fix the husband, the effect of this on the reader is that you should never give up, and always try and make things better. Similarly Nettles and Manhunt both use simple rhyme, however the simple cheerful rhyme e.g. in Nettles ?skin? and ?grin? and in Manhunt ?trace? and ?face? contrast with the serious matter highlighting the complexity of the situations. Nettles uses alliteration unlike Manhunt ?blisters bleeding? this suggests the pain the boy is going through. The word ?bleeding? suggest excessive pain, the repetition could suggest the father?s long pain and guilt he will feel after the event is over, this makes the reader feels sorry and makes them think to be careful of the actions they make. ...read more.


raw?, he uses language that would suggest he is tendering someone, that it is all there responsibility, that if they make a mistake, they are the only one to blame. This makes the reader feel how much a child is worth to a parent. On the other hand Armitage uses sexual language ?after passionate nights and intimate days? from this we realise that the two partners are very close to each other and they share a very special bond, this makes the reader feel that even through hard times you can always push through. Similarly they both look at the physical pain on their beloved one. In conclusion both poems use similar devices but for different effect. Vernon Scannell is trying to show how important your relationship with your child is, whereas Simon Armitage is trying to show how even through times where you think you can?t come out of that you can. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparisons section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparisons essays

  1. Consider how relationships are presented in Harmonium by Simon Armitage and Praise Song for ...

    She once again makes the poem more personal through the reference of "crab's leg/the fried plantain smell" which is a delicacy central to her tradition. Furthermore, Armitage displays his emotions coming to a breaking point in the third stanza. This is achieved through his use of "but" which indicates a shift in tone.

  2. Compare and contrast The Flea(TM) by John Donne and To His Coy Mistress(TM) by ...

    Finally the final three lines of this stanza are very over the top, he then moves on to talk about the fact that they can't control the sun, and they can not stop time, but they can make it go faster, we know this as he says 'Thus, though we

  1. Seamus Heaney : Comparisons

    All these stanzas that I have mentioned have all been about the past and about the windeby girls body, however the poem now takes a turning when it comes to the past tense. The tenth Stanza however is the first official present stanza we come across.

  2. Analysing And Contrasting Two Poems

    This image of looking through glass and listening through transparent doors makes us feel that you cannot miss the slightest, of what was going on. The next quote gives us a clearer understanding of what the "cornered prayer" actually was, "Car lights rubbed against our windows, ravenous as snow wolves".

  1. World War 1 Comparitive Essay

    order to save themselves and at the end of 'Spring Offensive' we learn that these were the ones who, eventually, survived. This perhaps suggests that they themselves have no social conscience in that they are quite happy to kill human beings like themselves and perhaps have psychological problems of a different kind.

  2. The Show

    of pain in this context, it is also an unnatural action for a human to make, whereas the natural actions of some insects could be described as writhing. The word "shrivelled" also has a similar effect, in that it is very graphic and very unnatural.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work