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

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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