The Manhunt - Simon Armitage (Summary Sheet)

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Published on September 16, 2017

Author: JaskiratKanwal


1. The Manhunt Simon Armitage GCSE English Literature – Poetry Anthology THEME & ABOUT: AO1 1 Point Min. STRUCTURE: AO2 The Way The Poem’s Organised – Enjambment, Repetition, Stanzas, Rhythm, Rhyme etc. 2 Points Min. MAIN QUOTES: 6 Point Min. LINKS TO OTHER POEMS: 1 Link Min. IMAGERY: AO2 Similes, Metaphors, Personification... 2 Points Min. LANGUAGE: AO2 Specific Words & Phrases Used To Create Effect; Tone etc. 4 Points Min. CONTEXT: AO3 3 Point Min. It’s about a soldier who served as a peace-keeper in Bosnia, in the 1990s. * Poem focuses on how war can affect someone physically and mentally, and how it can affect relationships TITLE: Woman searching for her husband, the one she married not the one who cam back from war. Born in 1963, in Yorkshire, Simon Armitage is a successful poet who usually writes poems about contemporary issues. His work is often informed by his prior life experience, where he used to work as a probation officer. The Manhunt belongs to a collection – The Not Dead – Which explores how soldiers and their families are affected by war and conflict. Referred to as ‘Laura’s Poem’ (Female Narrator) = Comes across as gentle and supportive. * (He was discharged from the army due to physical and psychological issues = PTSD) The poem is melancholy and uses a lot of striking metaphors to create an image of a man that has been through a great deal of torment, both physical and mental and is quite changed due to the ordeal. - “Foetus of metal beneath his chest / Where the bullet had come to rest.” - ”A sweating, unexploded mine / Buried deep in his mind,” The poem is written in 13 couplets = Symbolic of the married couple, and how the poem is trying to bring them back together. Each couplet deals with a different injury. The poem is shatter into tiny pieces that the reader and Laura is trying to join together. IRREGULAR RHYME SCHEME: Gives the poem a fragmented and disjointed feeling. The poem has created this feeling to match those of the soldier. IREGULAR SYLLABIC STUCTURE = Varied syllables that are ‘stressed’ in the poem. > Irregularity used by the poet to reflect the soldier’s life and injuries (disjointed). < “ONLY THEN” = (adverbs) Emphasised using repetition. Symbolic of the little hurdles Laura has to overcome. ‘Only then’ when she constantly tried to understand him, does he let her explore the real him. Soldiers doesn’t want to seem weak in the relationship. “Then, and only then, did I come close.” = (Last Line) At the end of the poem the wife manages to reconnect with her husband. She’s able to understand the physical and emotional state of her husband. Bit-by-bit, she uncovered her husbands problems. “Foetus of metal beneath his chest / Where the bullet had come to rest.” = Describing a physical ailment. Soldiers is protecting the bullet inside of him, like a baby. (Trying to protect his past) Husband and wife’s relationship changes significantly, in the same way a baby causes great change. The couple are trying to cope with what has happened to him. “To a sweating, unexploded mine / Buried deep in his mind,” = The ‘unexploded mine’ is clearly a reference to her partners brain. Man has barely any control of his own mind set. This couplet helps to emphasize the emotional impact on the narrator’s partner. Mine may explode at any point. “After the first phase, / after passionate nights and intimate days,” = (First Line) After soldiers return form war and after sex. “AFTER” = (Preposition) Start to reconnect on a more serious, emotional level. > Physical to emotional relationship < REFERENCE TO TIME. “Only then could I bind the struts / and climb the rungs of his broken ribs,” = Laura’s searching during the journey she’s going on which she’s finding hard. “BIND” = (verb) Wife is trying to repair and fix. “STRUTS” = (noun) Framework of a ladder. > Support < “RUNGS” = (noun) Lower steps of ladder. > Beginning & for strengthening purposes < “CLIMB THE RUNGS” = Step-by-step she’s getting closer. Slowly understanding her husband in depth. By: Jaskirat Kanwal

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