Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes

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  • Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes
    • Emotions
      • damage
      • pain and fear beyond expression
      • disorientation
      • confusion
      • vulnerability
    • Context
      • born in 1930
      • he was a poet and a children's writer
      • his wife committed suicide and he wrote poems about her
      • by age 16 the only thing he wanted to be was a poet
      • he also served in the RAF
    • Language
      • some military language
      • similes and metaphors
      • rules of three
      • "suddenly he awoke"
      • " - raw I raw - seamed hot knaki"
      • "he lugged a rifle as numb as a smashed arm"
      • "king, honour, human dignity etcetera"
      • "his terrors touchy dynamite"
    • Form and Structure
      • enjambment and caesura
      • repetition
      • stanzas = 8,7,8
      • irregular rhythm- struggles of the soldier
      • no clear rhyme
      • starts in the middle of the action
    • Past and Present
      • written about a war but we don't know which one
      • shift in focus throughout the poem
      • theme of time throughout
      • there is a time shift throughout - stanza two - time stops
    • Conflicts
      • power of violence
      • power of conflict and war
      • nature and humanity
      • life
      • terror

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