The Manhunt

"The Manhunt"
The word "The " rather than using "a" signifies importance and in conjunction with the word "manhunt" connotes danger
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"only then would he let trace"
Suggests there is no trust even though it was his wife
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"the frozen river"
Metaphor for the tears that have dried up on his face
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"porcelain collar-bone"
Implies his collar-bone is fragile like pottery
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"punctured lung"
Means that he has a hole in his lung where the bullet went through his body
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"foetus"
Means a baby at its embryonic stage -at its start - like the bullet
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"unexploded mine buried deep in his mind"
Suggests the soldier suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, that could be triggered at any point
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"Then, and only then,did I come close"
Referring to the wife understanding how the soldier feels after suffering his injuries
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Context
Simon Armitage has worked on several television programmes including a documentary on permanently injured soldiers and their lives
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Techniques used
Enjambment, and the poem doesn't rhyme and is untidy like his body after the wound
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Card 2

Front

Suggests there is no trust even though it was his wife

Back

"only then would he let trace"

Card 3

Front

Metaphor for the tears that have dried up on his face

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

Implies his collar-bone is fragile like pottery

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Means that he has a hole in his lung where the bullet went through his body

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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