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. On the other hand this could mean that the soldier was just scared and realised the amount of danger in which he was in. The clever use of imagery here would make the reader imagine how if they were in this situation, they would probably be terrified and Hughes gives a negative experience of war here.

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Similarly in “Come on, Come Back”, Smith creates the character of Vaudevue whose “fingers tap the ground”; this conveys to the reader how, just like the soldier in  Bayonet Charge this one is spontaneously doing this as she doesn’t know what else to do. Here the soldier acts just like a child would as her mind has been wiped blank. 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 ...

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