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As we read further a motif emerges in the poem: the woman tracing the scars and welts on his body which the speaker transforms into elaborate metaphors such as the 'frozen river which ran through his face', 'the blown hinge of his lower jaw', 'the damaged, porcelain collar-bone', which when taken together create a mesmerising image that serves to soften the shock of seeing the injuries and begin to explore the deeper, psychological consequences of being wounded. To put it simply, when we choose to describe something using figurative language (metaphors, similies, personfication) it is because we wan't do more than just describe something in plain terms; we want to change what we see and give it additional meaning. You could argue that the speaker is shocked and distressed at seeing such painful injuries and horiffic scarring and as such she makes them more than just scars, she makes them into powerful little stories in their own right. The 'frozen river of his face' is a case in


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