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The structure in Manhunt is used for a particular purpose. The continuous use of short, two line stanzas not only reflects the fragility and weakness of the relationship, it also shows the wife’s actions to try and control her husband. The broken up look of the poem implies that the couple’s relationship has been ripped to pieces and the couple are trying to piece it back together. Also, in each stanza, the first line is normally something that the wife is trying to do to heal her husband in some way, “mind and attend”, and the second line is normally deciding the extent of the husband’s wounds “the fractured rudder of shoulder blade”.