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My son aged three fell in the nettle bed.
'Bed' seemed a curious name for those green spears,
That regiment of spite behind the shed:
It was no place for rest. With sobs and tears
The boy came seeking comfort and I saw
White blisters beaded on his tender skin.
We soothed him till his pain was not so raw.
At last he offered us a watery grin,
And then I took my billhook, honed the blade
And went outside and slashed in fury with it
Till not a nettle in that fierce parade
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James 16 December 2020
i have a and its hard
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Baby boomer 09 July 2020
When a child the first plant you learned to avoid was a nettle.A very strange name “bed”.the pain of any trauma fades but triggers still bring it back vividly.cutting the nettles Down is just putting a plaster over it you have to dig them out.So many lives lost but life just carried on and came back up. Like the poppies.
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coral 29 June 2020
this poem brings back memories of when I fell into a bush of nettles and my brother refused to get me out
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Special K 21 May 2020
The great thing about this poem is that most readers can empathise with the pain of a nettle sting and those white bubbling blisters. Who can fail to feel empathy for the young 'son' and his tears. Consider the lexis and imagery of war and your empathy sells for all of the 'young' 'sons' of their countries who died in war. The bubbling blisters provoke imagery of victims of mustard gas. So much going on with this poem. Powerful stuff.
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haider 22 February 2020
hi you know about nettles poem 4 quotation
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ruh ro 02 February 2020
OH OH Raggy oh oh stinky hhahahahah
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bigfoot 31 January 2020
is this about love?
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Harvey 13 November 2019
Lollipops are very good and I play beyblades also my favourite beyblades are cosmic Pegasus and gravity destroyer
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negus 09 February 2019
I have an exam about nettle
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I Have 11 February 2019
A nettle about exam
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Dan Fox 06 February 2019
This is a poem about war - look at the military vocabulary and add in the fact that Scannell was a war deserter and you'll start to see this poem in a different way.
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