Harmonium and Man Hunt Essay

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Both authors in ‘Manhunt’ and ‘Harmonium’, both by Simon Armitage use extended metaphors to describe their fading, or damaged relationship to another person. In Manhunt, Armitage uses the extended metaphor of landscapes to describe the physical appearance of the speaker’s partner; however this could also be interpreted as the relationship shared between the speaker and her partner. The description of the landscape makes it seem as if it is broken or damaged. ‘The frozen river which ran through his face’, this quote describes a scar running down the face of the wounded soldier. ‘Frozen’ is a harsh sounding word, which is probably why the author used it, to depict is as a harsh feature of his face. It also makes it sound permanent, however, froze rivers only occur during the winter season, and this could also be interpreted as a temporary feature, which will fade or ‘melt’ as the seasons move on. This could be linked back to the fading relationship. Some people say that relationships are like seasons – they come and go but you’ll always have that one special one –and this could be the speaker’s interpretation of their relationship. Similarly, in Harmonium, Armatige once again uses an extended metaphor. This is used to describe the harmonium, which is also a representation of the speaker’s father. It describes the harmonium as aging, and it need to be got rid of. As also shown in ‘Manhunt’, this use of extended metaphor can be used to describe the aging relationship between the speaker and his father. ‘The Farrand Chapelette was gathering dust’, this evokes an image of something old and forgotten, possibly the first time someone’s been looking back on it and reflecting. This could be interpreted as a description of the relationship between father and son shown in this poem. The strained conversation towards the end of the poem also sows the fading relationship, and

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