Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes (Form- (Enjambment cassure uneven length…
Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes
soldiers experience of a charge towards enemy lines- thoughts actions to stay alive fear, patriotic ideals
Enjambment cassure uneven length lines
Irregular rhythm- struggle in mud
universal picture- any solider
in medias (in the middle of action)
Acting on instinct
Time- stands still 2nd stanza
Gives up- loses humanity
Sense of confusion and fear "bullet making" "smashed arm"
Horror physical pain "sweating like molten lava from the centre of his chest.
"green hedge" "field" "yellow hare"- Natural agricultural settings- damaged by war
Feelings and attitudes
Terror- challenges patriotism, terror is driven by fear
Confusion- soldier physically disorientated, questioning