The Manhunt by Simon Armitage

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In Simon Armitage’s poem ‘the manhunt’ discuss the ways in which you consider language and imagery, structure and form combine to convey the meaning. In the poem ‘manhunt’ written by Simon Armitage, the poet uses form, structure and linguistic devices to convey the meaning of the poem. As the title of the poem suggests, the poem is about a woman trying to find the person her husband was once, before he got injured. Armitage uses imagery effectively to portray the meaning of the poem, this is done by the use of metaphors , ‘the damaged, porcelain collar-bone’ this quote is saying how precious his collar bone is, and how breakable it is. The ‘porcelain’ emphasises how fragile her husband is and how careful she has to be around him, so she does not upset him. ‘The parachute silk of his punctured lung’ is another metaphor used to describe the man’s injuries. Parachutes are used in military, a punctured parachute will be useless as it will not do its job. This could suggest that the man is now, in this state, no use as he feels nothing, ‘the frozen river which ran through his face’ indicating everything has stopped and not moving - he has no emotions. The repetition of ‘only then…’ suggests the slow painstaking process of trying to mend his wounds. The poet also uses structure effectively to convey the meaning of the poem. Different injuries are being introduced in each couplet. The poem consists of rhyming couplets, this shows that it is only the two of them in this situation and that they had once connected before this incident which has separated them. The reader explores the husband’s body and mind the same way the wife has done. Each stanza consists of only two lines, this could represent how carefully the wife has to be around the husband in order not to hurt him, or to trigger a horrific memory of the past. The repetition of ‘and’ in several stanzas
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