Compare Relationship in “Manhunt” and “Nettles” Essay

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I believe that Relationships are the connections between people which can be expressed in many different ways or situations. In the poem ‘manhunt’ by Simon Armitage he explores the relationship between a wife and her husband, whom is an injured solider who has returned from war. In nettles, the relationship is between a farther and his son who has fallen into a "bed of nettles." Both poets show the consideration felt by the reader of the poem for the other person in the relationship. In the manhunt, the narrator’s consideration is for the mental suffering which her husband is suffering. Similar to Manhunt; in ‘Nettles’ it is the father’s care for the injuries of his son which he feels was caused by the nettles. Both poets use unusual imagery to present the writers family member as needing protection. In the man hunt instead of the obvious representation of a solider as strong and powerful, Laura’s husband is linked to fine, precious china, the damaged porcelain collar bone. This means he is described as fragile and precious because of his injuries, with his punctured lung described as delicate as “parachute silk”. These images show Laura’s tenderness for her husband and how she wants to protect him. Similarly, Scannel also chooses imagery of war for what is really only a minor childhood incident. He refers to the spears of the nettles, calling them a “regiment” and, when he has cut them down and they have grown back again, he refers to them as “tall recruits”. This war and battle imagery used in the poem helps the reader to understand deeper, about the metaphorical meaning of this poem; that it is not just about comforting his son from the pain of the nettles, but also about the future pain of which he knows he will experience in his life. He knows that “My son would often feel sharp wounds again”, meaning he will soon in the near future may come across the same

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