English GCSE - Bayonet Charge

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  • Bayonet Charge - Ted Hughes
    • What's it about?
      • A soldier's experience of a violent battle. Describes his thoughts as he avoids being shot.
    • Form
      • Uses a lot of enjambment which represents the soldiers urgency.
    • Structure
      • Starts in the middle of the action. The middle stanza describes a pause where time stands still for the soldier.
    • Universal language
      • Uses the pronoun 'he' rather than naming the soldier. Suggests that he could represent any soldier.
    • Figurative language
      • Used to emphasise the horror and physical pain.
    • Violent language
      • Use of shocking imagery to help convey the sense of confusion and fear.
    • Terror
      • Challenges patriotism and shows the soldier is driven by fear.
    • Confusion
      • The soldier is physically disorientated and is questioning why he is there.
    • Comparisons
      • Effects of conflict - The Charge of the Light Brigade, Poppies; Reality of battles - Belfast Confetti; Nature - Mametz Wood


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