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‘Nettles’

‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon revision notes GCSE English Ormerod

PoemKey Points
‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon SUMMARY The narrator’s son has fallen in to abed of nettles & is badly stung. The narrator comforts him then cuts down the nettles but they grow back after 2 weeks. Scanlon was a war poet – poem has a military theme.
‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon THEMES Parental love. Pain. Time (he won’t be able to protect his son when he grows up). Military theme.
‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon FEELINGS Tenderness. Revenge. Powerlessness.
‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon STRUCTURE The poem consists of a single stanza and has alternately rhyming lines. The poem is a narrative account, focused on the father's perspective of an accident involving his son.
‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon LANGUAGE Military imagery & language nettles personified = opposing force ‘spears’ = metaphor child described with emotive language shows compassion & sympathy speaker feels for his son Alliteration line 6 'b' sounds = swelling, painful injuries
‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon KEY QUOTES ‘green spears’ ‘regiment of spite’ ‘blisters beaded on his tender skin’ ‘that fierce parade’ ‘A funeral pyre to burn the fallen dead’ ‘called up tall recruits’
‘Nettles’ Vernon Scanlon LINKS TO… ‘Praise Song for My Mother’ about the actions of a caring, protective parent ‘Manhunt’ military imagery in the context of a close relationship ‘Quickdraw’ imagery from a different context
Created by: lesleycollins