How Does the Writer Make Us Feel Sympathy with the Speaker in "Nettles"?

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How does the writer make us feel sympathy with the speaker in “Nettles”? We feel sympathy and compassion for the young boy because he fell into a patch of nettles and injured himself in which the writer clearly describes; for example "White blisters beaded on his tender skin". An interesting language feature used is alliteration using the 'b' sounds suggests to the reader swelling, painful injuries, and the child's skin is "tender", this a strong use of contrast to the language used to describe the nettles. Immediately the father of the young boy comforts his son, by soothing his excruciating pain until their child was satisfied, an example of this is "watery grin" which is an emotive description, implying the child is being helped to get over his painful experience by his loving parents. The father’s reaction to the nettles was furious and violent as the nettle’ stings. He explains the procedure of dealing with the nettles and slowly escalates to the point of destroying the nettles firstly: “I took my hook and honed the blade”. The word hone has been used to show he is sharpening his blade ready to cut the nettles. Then he “slashed in fury” until “not a nettle.../ stood uptight anymore”. The father takes revenge in his strong devotion to protect his son and punish those (nettles) that injured him. Because he wants to destroy the nettles we understand his need to protect his son. The nettles are like enemies which are described by words such as “spite” to show hatred to the reader. The father sees the nettles as vindictive towards his son and feels it is his responsibility to destroy the nettles for his son’s safety. The poet refers to the nettles as ''That regiment of spite''. In the poet's mind, he refers as soldiers who are given away through the word “regiment”, but he was motivated by malice and driven by an urge to Cause pain and discomfort to the
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