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The Manhunt Summary & Analysis
by Simon Armitage

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Simon Armitage wrote "The Manhunt" for a 2007 documentary about military service-people who have returned to civilian life, and the lingering, often lifelong effects of sustained exposure to violence. The poem is narrated by one of the documentary’s participants, Laura Beddoes. Beddoes’s husband, Eddie, was injured in combat and was discharged due to poor mental health, primarily severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The poem, initially titled "Laura's Poem," explores the lasting impact of such trauma on those who have experienced it and on the people closest to them.

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