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Compare the ways that feelings are presented in Nettles and Sister Maude

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Compare the ways that feelings are presented in ?Nettles? and ?Sister Maude? Scannell?s ?Nettles? shows how a powerful relationship can spark protective impulses; when the persona?s son ?fell in the nettle bed?, he ?slashed in fury? at the nettles to halt their destructive consequences. However, in ?Sister Maude?, Rossetti demonstrates how an equally powerful relationship can evolve into a destructive drive with negative results, whereby she claims that her lurking sister ?shall get no sleep?. Both poems account the persona?s violent responses to provoking events. In ?Nettles?, Scannell employs a strong iambic pentameter that runs throughout; the iambic feet in the line ?and then I took my hook and honed the blade? conveys the persona?s sheer anger at the nettles that have hurt his son and add an accumulative effect to the poem. The repetition of the ?o? sound (assonance) in ?took?, ?hook? and ?honed? adds to this affect which shows the reader how the father is becoming increasingly infuriated. ...read more.

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end-stopped, which reflects how his son getting hurt is a huge thing for him; in this way, Scannell shows how the father feels that it is his duty to protect his son on the basis of their fatherly relationship. He uses the words ?my son? twice which conveys to the reader how he is very protective and possessive of his son. There are two lines devoted to the description of his son?s wounds, which are vividly described as ?beaded on his tender skin?; this evokes a sense of time coming to a halt as the father realises what has happened to his son, conveying his angry feelings. This visual description also adopts the alliterative ?b? sound to express contrast between the unpleasantness of the wound and a vulnerable child?s soft skin, which allows Scannell to persuade the reader to support the father and son in their ongoing feud with the nettle bed. Conversely, the persona in ?Sister Maude? changes the address of her sister from her name to the pronoun ?you? between the ...read more.

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the enemy force in the father?s life; the use of an expression that is normally used to describe dead soldiers heightens the father?s victory and how he feels triumphant that he has destroyed something that causes pain to his son. These war metaphors illustrate how the pains that the son will experience in his later life will not be cured by simple parental hugs, in contrast to the religious imagery in ?Sister Maude? which show the reader the persona?s fury at her lurking sister. Having considered both poems, my personal response is that whereas ?Nettles? ends with a tone of regret, when the father recognises that the ?sharp wounds? of adult pain, usually caused be troubled relationships, are not so easily ?soothed? by a loving parent, Rossetti finishes ?Sister Maude? with a sense of the finality of death; she almost casts a spell at Maude with the imperative ?bide?, which shows how her anger has overcome her and that the only thing left to happen is for Maude to be banished to Hell. ...read more.

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