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‘Nettles' Poetic Examination
By Ashraf Mohamed
The poem ‘Nettles' was written by Vernon Scannell who has crafted this composition to show a father-son relationship. Vernon Scannell has targeted this kind of poem for parents, as they would be able to relate with the perspective and feelings of the speaker, since a parent can be can determine what the poet person is speaking about. The poem talks about Scannell's war encounters, which gives this a darker meaning.
The poem is written in iambic pentameter, which provides an impressive da-dum routine throughout the composition. The ‘da' sound can almost stand for the father fighting the these " regiments of spite” to shield his boy from the menacing world, while the ‘dum' sound much more plosive and so symbolises the father being bumped down by simply these inescapable forces of nature because " the busy sunlight and rain” causes his " boy to generally feel the sharpened wounds once again. ” Besides the use of iambic pentameter show the dad's constant, and inevitably futile, battle with the " nettles” it portrays his warfare experiences, offering the poem a rhythm, similar to marching, which could hyperlink in with the military imagery being used.
The poem includes a narrative sculpt, with a moral tone that links to war, the military terminology suggests this. There are a lot of adjectives that are used in the poem to suggest the innocence and purity in the boy, which usually juxtaposition is utilized by the adjectives and verbs used to explain the invincibility and strength of the Nettles. The composition explores the connotations from the word ‘bed' and ‘bed of nettles' and there is a stark compare to what we all associate a bed with and what the bed presents in the composition. Line you tells us which the boy's older " three” to indicate the boy's weeknesses, which is after that followed by the verb " fell” to show that this was an accident. Afterwards in the poem, we see adjectives such as " tender, ” showing the boy has tender skin area, which makes the reader interpret that he is blameless and weak. However , Scannell then...