A Coggle Diagram about ABOUT POEM (FORM AND STRUCTURE, LANGUAGE AND IMAGERY , ATTITUDES THEMES AND IDEAS, The poem describes how this process transforms a solider from a living thinking person into a dangerous weapon of war., It describes the experience of 'going over-the-top'. This was when soldiers hiding in trenches were ordered to 'fix bayonets' and Bayonet Charge is perhaps unusual for a Ted Hughes poem in that it focuses on a nameless soldier in the First World War (1914-18).), ABOUT WRITER (He served in the RAF for two years during the war, Was awarded a scholarship for Cambridge and this is when he began writing his poems , Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire, and grew up in the countryside and He made his name as a poet in the late 1950's to 60's ), MEANINGS AND QUOTES ("Cold clockwork", "King, honour human dignity" and "Suddenly he was awake and running"), SAMPLE ANSWERS (1: Ted Hughes explores the experience of conflict by writing about a soldier in the middle of a battle.
He uses form, structure and imagery to express feelings of noise, violence and confusion.
The form looks regular: the stanzas are eight, seven and eight lines long: this suggests the soldier's strong sense of purpose as well as the thick mud he has to run through.
The length of the lines, however changes: there are long lines ending in his destination (lines 3 and 19) showing the long distance he has to run; there are also short lines presenting images of violence and fear (lines 4 and 18).
The structure therefore shows the changing emotions of the soldier as he runs across towards the hedge. Outside he may look strong, but inside he is in turmoil.
Hughes uses alliteration to express the strong feelings of the solider in battle: the 'r' in lines 1 and 2.
He also uses strong nouns and adjectives which he pushes together to form expressive images: line 15.
He uses similes to express a sense of hell on earth: lines 8 and 16.
Finally, he ends with a metaphor to show how the thinking, feeling man has been transformed into a tool of battle that will kill or be killed.), SAMPLE QUESTIONS (1: How does the poet present the experience of conflict in Bayonet Charge?) and POEM (Suddenly he awoke and was running – raw
In raw-seamed hot khaki, his sweat heavy,
Stumbling across a field of clods towards a green hedge
That dazzled with rifle fire, hearing
Bullets smacking the belly out of the air –
He lugged a rifle numb as a smashed arm;
The patriotic tear that had brimmed in his eye
Sweating like molten iron from the centre of his chest, –
In bewilderment then he almost stopped –
In what cold clockwork of the stars and the nations
Was he the hand pointing that second? He was running
Like a man who has jumped up in the dark and runs
Listening between his footfalls for the reason
Of his still running, and his foot hung like
Statuary in mid-stride. Then the shot-slashed furrows
Threw up a yellow hare that rolled like a flame
And crawled in a threshing circle, its mouth wide
Open silent, its eyes standing out.
He plunged past with his bayonet toward the green hedge,
King, honour, human dignity, etcetera
Dropped like luxuries in a yelling alarm
To get out of that blue crackling air
His terror’s touchy dynamite.)