Compare how the poets present love in “Nettles” and in one other poem from the Relationships cluster.

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Compare how the poets present love in “Nettles” and in one other poem from the Relationships cluster. In ‘Nettles’, Vernon the relationship shown is the relationship that is shared between a father and his young 3 year old son who had fallen into a bed of stinging nettles. In ‘The Manhunt’, the poem Simon Armitage writes about the relationship that is shared between a wife and her husband who is an injured soldier who has just returned home from war. Both of these poets write about and explore the relationships and the sympathetic feeling that is felt by both the narrator of the poem (The father for Nettles, and the wife for The Manhunt) towards the other person in their relationship in the poem. Both poets, Vernon Scannell and…show more content…
In ‘Nettles’, after the accident with his son falling in the bed of nettles, the father “slashed in fury” and acted quickly at the nettles to try and get rid of them to prevent his son from being hurt again. However, the father knows that this attempt to get rid of the bed of nettles is pointless as the bed of nettles will only grow back again in the future. This is understandable as it shows that every parent wants to prevent their child from being hurt in any way possible, and will do anything to prevent it. This also helps for the reader to become more involved with the poems, the characters and the characters emotions and feelings and it helps for the reader to become more sympathetic towards the characters. In ‘The Manhunt’, it talks about the effects of war and what happens to soldier’s after war on real people and their real relationships. The pain of emotion after war is often worse than pain that is physical and this is backed up in ‘Nettles’, for example “unexploded mine”, “buried deep in his mind”. The imagery of the mine sounds very dangerous and like it could go off any minute and explode, and makes the poem more realistic and visual to the reader. It also shows the reader that the mental state that the soldier is in right now is very unstable. In ‘Nettles’, Vernon Scannell writes about a topic that affects a larger number of people in the world and this is the

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