No wonder the soldier almost stops. Context… Ted Hughes, like Heaney, is a poet who often explores nature in his poems. The first stanza sees the soldier acting on instinct, why has the writer structured the poem at the beginning in this way? Hughes writes the poem of bayonet charge as stanzas of full of action in the first and third stanza then the second stanza slows right down in the first stanza the reader is plunged in the middle of the poem as like the soldier is plunged in the middle of war and has just woken up. Photo Credit: via i think that the hare could have been another soldier, a coward soldier at that. The first stanza is nothing if not sweaty. Hughes implies that the juxtaposition of destruction vs nature are almost fighting against each other. The enjambment deliberately misleads: the reader might expect the protagonist simply to want to 'get out of that blue crackling air', that is, to escape from the battle.
He feels like a pawn in a game. It is significant to note that the hare is the only other living creature that the soldier acknowledges. Perhaps he looked confused, like he did not know where he was going. But the soldier in this poem fails to mention that fact. Liked by The hare could also resemble a sign of fertility dying, as Pagans see a golden hare as the symbolism of fertility.
Hughes writes the poem of bayonet charge as stanzas of full of action in the first and third stanza then the second stanza slows right down in the first stanza the reader is plunged in the middle of the poem as like the soldier is plunged in the middle of war and has just woken up. Using someone blind suggests there is no rational reason for war. The poem narrates two moments: the soldier running, and then the appearance of the hare. This is is used to draw the reader in by captivating the audience with action and suspense. Stanza 2 In this stanza, the soldier suddenly comes to his senses. The simile of the man running in the dark suggests that the actions of the soldier are without thought and clear direction.
In a different poem by Hughes entitled, he describes their marriage as a house stranded out to sea. When the answer did not come to him, his feet simply stopped mid-stride and he stood there like a statue. Hughes lists the reasons that people have for fighting and possibly dying for their country. And re the yellow hare. In the beginning, the soldier believes patriotism is the most important reason for joining the war, but in reality he soon realises the most important issue is staying alive. This technique is straight out of 'Spring Offensive': 'warm', 'sun', 'hot', 'burned', 'flames', 'cool'. No rhyme scheme shows a lack of structure in the poem.
Anonymous Yes, and why two poems by Hughes in the Conflict cluster instead of at least two by Owen? This constant, uninterrupted flow reflects the fast pace and chaos of the moment. He is running to certain death. The second stanza creates the effect of time standing still to show that it is a reflective stanza in which the soldier takes time to think about the war in detail and what he is doing there. The soldier's overriding emotion and motivation is fear, which has replaced the more patriotic ideals that he held before the violence began. This may perhaps show Hughes is commenting on the absence and rational thought for war.
I find the ending the most interesting aspect of the structure: does the soldier get to the hedge or not? It gives us time to think, to consider our angle. There is some use of shocking imagery to bring home the sights and sounds of war. The poem clumsily seeks to convey the message that patriotism has given way to a visceral panic. Yes, of course there are far better ways to present poetry and encourage engagement with literature and writing, but to suggest that your pupils should actively forget everything they have learned and that it will be of no use to them in their lives seems highly irresponsible and serves only to teach them that they are wasting their time and that there is no point. His word choice also describes how the soldier is feeling in each stanza.
We see here how incongruous a war would be, out in the countryside. He spent much of his time in the services reading. Like other poems in the selection, Bayonet Charge also uses the natural as a contrast. The word raw suggests his fear. A luxury is something we can do without, something non-essential, something additional or extra to what we need.
Bayonet Charge also contains 4 worksheets which can be used alongside the PowerPoint presentation. The soldier's focus moves to consider the hare that has been shot or hurt by the gunfire and he realises that he cannot stay and philosophise if he is to survive: he must race on and find cover, or he, like the hare, will soon be wordlessly writhing in his own 'threshing circle' in the field. The last line suggests that the soldier's about to lose control of his emotions which is a consistent theme throughout the poem. The stars and the nations —which is to say the powers celestial and terrestrial —are cold and mechanistic. Then the 'shot-slashed furrows' prepare us to change gear again.
But in the face of a real battle, when life would be lost, they seemed trivial. Owen wrote far better poems than Hughes about the War, as 'Spring Offensive' demonstrates. Also the clock metaphor may suggest the clock will continue to tick and the individual us just part if the process. The poem is not driven or constrained by rhythm and rhyme in the same way that other poems are. We have a structural shift then from external actions to internal thoughts as we arrive at the final lines. In this way, Hughes leaves us with an enormous mystery which leaves us feeling unsettled. The poem wants to confuse the two: Hughes's protagonist wakes into nightmare.
Analysis of the use and effect of various poetic techniques. This poem is from his first collection, published in 1957, The Hawk in the Rain, which contains a number of poems about the war. What good can that possibly do them? The opening words of the poem sounds like he's in a vulnerable confused state. Here the soldier could also be referring to the government. Perhaps this poem only mentions the soldier himself and the hare because Hughes felt so alone in his marriage.