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The Manhunt Revision

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Mary Mayhew

on 5 February 2015

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Transcript of The Manhunt Revision

The Manhunt- Context and Background
The Manhunt was written by Simon Armitage as part of a documentary for Channel 4
The voice of the poem is Laura Beddoes, whose husband Eddie was a peace-keeper in Bosnia before being discharged from the army due to injury and depression
The poem explores the human cost of conflict by showing Laura and Eddie’s struggle to overcome the physical and emotional scars left on him by the war
The poem also presents the theme of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and how it can affect ex-soldiers
The Manhunt-Initial thoughts
Get into groups of 5
Each group given part of the poem
Pick out one word or phrase
Explain why this stands out and how you think it relates to the poem’s overall theme
The Manhunt
Then I widened the search,
traced the scarring back to its source

To a sweating, unexploded mine
buried deep inside his mind, around which

every nerve in his body had tightened and closed.
Then, and only then, did I come close.
only then would he let me explore
the blown hinge of his lower jaw,

and handle and hold
the damaged, porcelain collar-bone

and mind and attend
the fractured rudder of shoulder blade
and finger and thumb
the parachute silk of his punctured lung.


Only then could I bind the struts
and climb the rungs of his broken ribs,

and feel the hurt
of his grazed heart.
She has to look further for her husband, also links to the title and the idea of a manhunt
The Manhunt- Extra points
Skirting along,
only then could I picture the scan

The foetus of metal beneath his chest
where the bullet had finally come to rest.
Metaphor shows how such a tiny thing can make a huge change and affect you for the rest of your life, also suggests that wound will grow and cause more and more of an impact
The Manhunt Revision
By Robert, Clarise, Alex and Mary
After the first phase,
of passionate nights and intimate days,

Only then would he let me trace
the frozen river which ran through his face
Metaphor for his scar, the mention of ice represents how delicate he was. Shows how he was stuck
and unable to function or do what he was meant to
This phrase is repeated throughout the poem,
emphasizing what a slow process it was
Repetition
Violent imagery and metaphor emphasise the violent way in which he was injured
Very delicate material, something you must be gentle and careful with
Nursing
Military term
Metaphor reminds us of how delicate, but essential, parts of the human body are; like parachute silk
Suggests she is putting him back together
Couplet stands out, shorter and
monosyllabic. Puts emphasis on
moment when she realises she needs
to look further than his external
injuries
Military term
Suggests how delicate she needs to be with him
Metaphor for PTSD, a mine is hidden and not
dangerous until you get too close
He has become utterly closed off to her
Structure- The poem is written in couplets, emphasising how much they want to be together
Rhyme- Some lines end with rhymes, some with half-rhymes and others with no rhyme at all, representing how turbulent their relationship is
Repetition- Certain phrases are repeated many times; especially 'only then', which highlight how slow any progress made was, and how little things needed to be repeated numerous times for them to make any difference
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