The Manhunt - Simon Armitage

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  • The Manhunt - Simon Armitage
    • Key Quotes
      • 'Only then would he let me trace'
        • Shows his recovery is slow and painstaking.
      • 'Grazed heart'
        • The bullet on grazed his heart but left emotional grazes.
      • 'Sweating, unexploded mine'
        • Imagery of the 'sweating' bomb which is in his mind. Also links to his PTSD.
      • 'After the first phase'
        • Could be the start of a love poem. The start of a new relationship and falling in love.
      • 'Then, only then, did I come close'
        • Shows the wife's realisation that her husbands scars emotionally are worse than the physical ones.
    • Context
      • Armitage has no first hand-experience with war.
      • He wanted share real experiences of the damage war causes.
      • This is a modern war (Bosnia 1992-‘95)
      • Eddie served as a peace-keeper in Bosnia.
      • The soldier is the silent subject.
      • Shows how physical scars can be fixed but mental and emotional scars are permanent.
      • Armitage uses the voice of Laura to show the effects war has on soldiers families.
      • Armitage uses the experience of Eddie.
    • Themes
      • Love and relationships
        • The soldiers wife is sensitive in her approach.
        • She has to get to know him again
        • She slowly understands what he's going through.
      • Pain and suffering
        • Effects physically and emotionally.
        • Emotional scarring
        • Unstable
      • Effects of war
        • Effects last a lot longer than the war.
        • Psychological injuries
        • Has effected relationships with loved ones.
        • Conflict makes soldiers unrecognisable
    • Links to other poems
      • The soldier
      • Dulce de Decorum Est
        • Use of similes and metaphors
      • She walks in beauty
      • Living Space
      • Valentine
        • Use of similes and metaphors
      • A Wife in London
      • As imperceptibly as grief
        • Last lines can leave you with doubt or round of the poem


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