English Literature Poetry - Nettles

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  • Nettles
    • 'My'
      • autobiographical
    • 'fell in the nettle bed'
      • creates sympathy
    • 'fell'
      • clumsy; not the boys fault - protective of son
    • 'green spears'
      • weaponry
    • 'spite'
      • personification; bad
    • 'watery'
      • was crying
    • 'tender skin'
      • young; fragile
    • 'soothed'
      • gentle
    • 'We'
      • parents
    • 'took my billhook'
      • internal rhyme; emphasises the angry action
    • 'The boy'
      • young
    • 'sobs and tears'
      • upset
    • 'came seeking comfort'
      • close to father
    • 'honed' 'slashed '
      • dynamic verbs
    • 'slashed in fury'
      • caring - doesn't like son getting hurt
    • 'funeral'
      • personification
    • 'burn the fallen dead'
      • ensure it won't happen again; reference to war
    • 'recruits'
      • army
    • 'My son'
      • repetiion
    • 'sun and rain'
      • good and bad things have effects
    • 'behind the shed'
      • cannot see it; hidden
    • 'My son would often feel sharp wounds again'
      • parents cannot constantly protext  child
    • 'spite' 'shed'
      • sibilance

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