Possibly, but more likely it is just an example of the dismissive way that people treat the homeless.
If we see the poem as an account of something more universal - how children and parents fall out over relatively unimportant things, that become serious obstacles, then the biographical details are less important.
Armitage is clear that he purposefully employed an 'architectural' form in the poem, to reflect the major themes he explores.
He appears to be loving, hard-working and generous towards his family, providing and caring for them. We do not know whether the real father ever did make this reconciliation, or whether it is a scene that Armitage imagines. Punching his wife in the face is terrible. But it is quite possible that he writes of an imagined experience - poetry does not need to be literally true to tell the truth about human nature.
Form and Tone A Vision is written in free verse. Simon Armitage's first collection, Zoom, appeared inpublished by Bloodaxe.
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He gets a lift to his hired car a short distance we suppose. What makes you cringe? Fourth Stanza This stanza, at least for me, is possibly the most interesting in the poem for two reasons. Or would you describe him in some other way? The two men have some things in common - what are they?