The Manhunt - Simon Armitage

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  • The Manhunt
    • "After the passionate nights and intimate days"
      • Starts 'normal' and they seem to be happy together
    • "Only then would he let me trace the frozen river which ran through his face"
      • He didn't want her to see his scars at first.
        • The "Frozen river" connotes his coldness and his fear of showing his emotions.
      • Metaphor
    • Structure: Each couplet dresses something different that she is doing for him
    • Written from the perspective of Eddies wife Laua
  • The Manhunt
  • "Only then"
    • Repetition- Shows that she is doing things slowly so not to startle him
    • The Manhunt
      • "After the passionate nights and intimate days"
        • Starts 'normal' and they seem to be happy together
      • "Only then would he let me trace the frozen river which ran through his face"
        • He didn't want her to see his scars at first.
          • The "Frozen river" connotes his coldness and his fear of showing his emotions.
        • Metaphor
      • Structure: Each couplet dresses something different that she is doing for him
      • Written from the perspective of Eddies wife Laua
  • "Only then could I bind the struts and climb the rungs of his broken heart
    • Sounds as if she is trying to climb inside of him to understand what he has been through
  • "To a sweating, unexploded mine buried deep in his mind"
    • His problems are emotional and mental as well as physical. His memories are very difficult to him.
      • She's treading on eggshells around him
  • "Then, and only then, did I come close."
    • Only part of the journey they have gone through and it will take a long time to get back to normal.

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