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Nettles is a poem by Verrnan Scannell through which he describes the futility of war He describes this theme through a fathers struggle trying to protect his son from nettles The son had fallen into a nettle bed and in the fathers rage over his hurt son he destroys the nettles in attempt to protect his son permanently A few weeks pass and the nettles grow back showing the father he cannot always protect his son and killing the nettles would be futile The fathers realisation shows like conflict- you cannot always protect the things you love and in war there is never going to be a winner the first verse the theme of was is already very apparent with the metaphor green spears The spears refer to the nettles to a implement of pain designed to injure or hurt just like any weapon designed for combat The acicular shape of the nettle spines and the sharp painstinging do make the nettle and the spears very similarScannell then extends the metaphor into the net verse leading us to believe the nettles are being personified to represent soldiers by describing them as a regiment of spite The use of the word regiment is used to describe order and military troops the nettles are neither but this makes the use of the word spite much more profound Nettles are unable to feelhate or anger but through the fathers eyes he sees them as enemys set out to injure his sonThe father is now planning his revenge for his son on the nettles He hones the blade of his billhook The fact that he is honing the blade is showing he has put planning into what he is about to this does relate to the theme of war as any well fought battle has had a lot of planning and tactical thinking before hand The fathers controlled reaction of planning and tactical attack changes quickly when
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