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Summary Of Nettles By Vernon Scannell

761 words - 4 pages

Reading Record: Nettles
Main ideas/Message/Feelings/Attitudes:
The poem ‘Nettles’ is a poem that explores the relationship between a father and his son, taking that into account, I feel that the audience that this poem is aimed at are parents because, parents would be the only people who would be able to relate to the perspective that the narrator is seeing things from, since only a parent would be able to comprehend the agitation the narrator feels when he finds out that his son has been hurt. In the poem 'Nettles', Vernon Scannell takes something that could be pondered as a simple yet common occurrence, and with some deep thinking about its implications, arrives at an insight into what ...view middle of the document...

The consistently changing rhyme pattern and use of the iambic pentameter give the poem an ordered, army-like feel.

Poetic Devices/Memorable Imagery/Language:
When aware of his son’s injuries, the father exterminates a bed of nettles which grow on top of the land behind a shed. Whilst the father is unleashing his indignation upon the nettles, through the use of a careful selection of words, Scannell is able to link the pain of being stung by a nettle to a completely different scale of human suffering which takes place on a wide scale in society today: war. Scannell is able to make the ‘bed’ of Nettles resemble an army by referring to them as ‘spears’, spears which could resemble the arsenal the army possess which could potentially inflict fatal damage to their opposition. Scannell then refers to these ‘spears’ as a ‘regiment of spite’ which could resemble how the army, to an extent, is disciplined to see the opposition suffer during war. Furthermore, when the Nettles grow back they are referred to as ‘tall recruits’ which could perhaps be symbolising people that recruit themselves in the army for an occupation...

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