- Vernon Scannell fought in WW2 and his poems often reflect this
- He had six children
- One of his children died in a motorcycle accident
- A child falling into nettles and seeking comfort from their parents.
- The parent destroys the nettles to protect the child but finds they gor back quickly, showing how a parent can never fully protect their child from the real world
- The poem is composed of a single stanza with alternately rhyming lines
- From the perspective of the father
- Maritial (relalting to War) Themes are found throughout the poem, This gives a contrast to the orginal domestic setting.
- The nettles are compared to 'spears' and a 'regiment of spite'. This makes the nettles look like an aggressive group of attackers, reflecting the poets need to protect his child from the attacking force.
- The exaggeration of the 'attack' of the nettles shows how parents see the world as entirely risky and want to protect children from possibly harmless situations.
- Personifies the nettles to justify getting revenge on them, but also says they are a fiece enemy that cannot be defeated because new 'tall recruits' have been 'called up'
- The child is preseted wiht emotive language, That shows the compassion and the sympathy the speaker feels towards his son. 'white blisters beaded on his tender skin…
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