-The poem is about a parent worried about their son and know they can't always protect him.
-The relationship is a paternal relationship.
-The thoughts and feelings are worry, anxiety and apprehension. They don't want their son to be hurt.
-The poem is about the narrator's son.
-It is written from the parent's perspective.
-It is written in the past tense over a long period of time.
-The narrator is reflecting back and remembering.
-It is set in their garden.
-This is where the stinging nettles are, behind the shed for example.
-The poet could possibly be reflecting back on the relationship he once had with his son.
-He regrets not being able to help him anymore like he used to.
-It could be like a 'sting' as it hurts and makes the narrator upset to think about it.