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How do poets present the experience of soldiers in war in "Bayonet Charge" and Come on, Come Back?

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How do poets present the experience of soldiers in war in Bayonet Charge and one other poem? An experience of war is the experience a soldier has during his time in battle. Poets present soldiers? experiences to show their ideas/thoughts and feelings about war and emotions from the soldiers? point of view. Both poets question the reasons of war and justify it. In ?Bayonet Charge?, Hughes creates a speaker who is a soldier, ?suddenly he awoke and was running?, this gives the impression that the soldier was unprepared. This idea could suggest how men joined the army without knowing what was to come and what they were signing up for. The fact that the soldier just awoke and started to run tells the reader that his movements were spontaneous and he may have not felt in control of his body, the use of the word ?suddenly emphasises this as it makes the poet?s intentions seem much stronger and clearer. ...read more.

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This also shows that she is nervous as she doesn?t feel safe and doesn?t know what will happen to her this is because she doesn?t remember who she is (a soldier) and what she is doing (fighting at war). By using language like this Smith communicates with the reader by making a convincing idea of how war is damaging and can not only kill men and women but also cause them pain/torture before they lose their lives to it. In Bayonet Charge the soldier is out of control as he, ?plunged past with his bayonet toward the green hedge?, this could possibly convey how he just wants to get out of the warzone as he ?plunges?. This is usually a forward movement and could connote a feeling of fear as the soldier just wants to run. ...read more.

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Also the fact that she ?strips her uniform off? could connate how it means nothing to her as her mind is blank, but the poet may have actually implied something different by this. Smith may have really meant to express how he finds war futile as it means nothing to him due to there being no gain for anyone, only death. The reader would respond to this by, after reading Smith?s poem, fully understanding the poet?s view of soldiers? experiences of war. In conclusion, both poems present soldier?s experiences of wars in similar ways, but the poets have different ideas about this theme. In my opinion Bayonet Charge is the more effective poem as it tells the reader how soldiers truly experience wars. Hughes cleverly uses language to explain his ideas and creates a realistic view and atmosphere when the poem is read. ...read more.

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