Unseen Poem Analysis (Simon Armitage)

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unseen poem analysis.
In this poem Simon Armitage shows he is not yet ready to leave his mother by saying ''mother. any distance grater than a single span requires a second pair of hands'' this second pair of hands he requires are his mothers therefore telling us he still needs his mother. shows his anxieties about leaving home by the way he talks about the way he talks about the tape measure, ''You at the zero-end, me with the spool'' he talks about the tape measure as if it were the umbilical cord which at birth attached him to his mother, this relates to his anxieties about leaving home because the first anxieties what he and his mother faced were at birth when they first became their own person and were separated, this is related to his anxieties now since he is being separated by his mother by a further distance than the first time which is why he talks about the measuring tape and them measuring ''acres of walls'' as an acre is a huge distance which gives an impression of vast empty spaces. Armitage refers a lot to distances, this is not only because of the fact they are physically measuring stuff but he knows that the distance between their physical closeness has gotten greater and it is as if he is measuring the distance between him and his mother. Armitage uses a metaphor to explain the relationship between him and his mother ''unreeling years between us. anchor. kite.'' he is saying his mother is the anchor and he is the kite, and his mother was what was keeping him to the ground and he is scared if this anchor disappears he will fly away, in other words his mother was keeping him right and he is scared he is going to do wrong since he is now independent. When Armitage uses the term ''space-walk'' this gives us an impression on how empty the house is as space is a huge and uninhabited place, when he says ''to fly or fall'' this demonstrates his anxieties that he may not be able to survive on his own without care and help from his mother as he has...
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