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1. Compare how poets presented the effects of war in Bayonet Charge and one other poem from power and conflict.Exposure and Bayonet Charge both clearly represent the horrors and the pity of war and how the effects of it can be heartbreaking. They both also represent two people who struggled in war in real life, in Exposure it was the poet himself, Wilfred Owen who died a week before the Armistice was signed, and in Bayonet Charge, Ted Hughes’s father, who fought in the war, and whilst he did not die, he and his family felt the effects of war long after it had ended. Bayonet charge starts in media-res and we are plunged into action, “suddenly he awoke and was running raw in raw steamed hot khaki”. Caesura is used here which could be used to represent the deprecation the soldiers felt between the trenches and their homes. Contrastingly, in Exposure, we begin the poem with a description of the effects the conditions and violence has had on the soldiers, when Owen uses the metaphor “our brains ache”. This is different to Bayonet Charge, as it sounds like as if this is before the soldiers have actually experienced the full effects of war; they are still engulfed in the exhilaration and anticipation of “going over the top”. I would say the main difference here is that in exposure it feels that the soldiers have been there for a long, never ending period of time, and that the soldier in Bayonet Charge hasn’t. However, a similarity between the two poems which is made very clear early on in both is that both speakers are clearly very effected by the violence that is taking place around them. In Exposure, Owen describes how “sudden successive bullets streak the silence”. The sibilance used here, juxtaposes the plosives to really explore the idea of bullets almost hurting the atmosphere. Likewise, in Bayonet Charge it says that the bullets “smack the belly out of the air”. This metaphor is used to personify nature, which is the air, suggesting that it almost has human body parts which link to the beginning of the poem where it personified the rifle as an arm. Ted Hughes may be doing this to link nature and humans to show that they are not so dissimilar after all and that what hurts humans also hurts nature. This idea is also explored later in the poems.There is also clear connotations of anti-war, anti-patriotic attitudes throughout both poems. In Bayonet Charge, it describes that “the patriotic tear that had brimmed my eye”. The use of past tense here is significant as it connotes that the soldier once was patriotic and he wanted to fight for his country and was proud to, but after experiencing the reality of it, he wants nothing more then to go home- he no longer has that patriotic attitude, the war has stripped him of that.Similarly, in Exposure, Owen says, and repeats, “for the love of war seems dying”. This could be interpreted that because of the disastrous effects of war, he has been stripped of his religion and it looks as if he is going to become just a statistic of one of the many men who died during WW1. This really shows that in both Bayonet Charge and Exposure, the soldiers have been stripped of their beliefs and identities, because of their realisations of how pointless war really is. Finally, one of the biggest differences that really stands out to me, is how nature is presented. In bayonet charge, nature is presented as a victim, and this is shown when Hughes writes “a yellow hare that rolled like a flame”. This simile shows that the effects of war are not only detrimental to humans, but also nature, similar to the way that global warming not only affects humans, but nature too. However, the idea of nature is completely different in Exposure, where nature is portrayed as an enemy. For example, Owen says “The merciless iced east winds that knive us”. This personification of nature, suggests that the violence inflicted on soldiers is not only man-made but also from nature too, again showing nature and humankind are closely linked. Overall, I wouldn’t say that these poems are dissimilar, as they both explore the reality of war and the effects of it and the lack of escapism that the soldiers feel. This is shown in the structure of both poems. The structure of both poems is very regular, which could connote the limitations of war and that they are in a never-ending cycle of despair and suffering. I also think that because both poems are based off real life experiences, the writers intentions are similar. For example, it could be concluded that Ted Hughes wrote Bayonet Charge as a tribute to his father, and Wilfred Owen wrote Exposure as a tribute to himself in a way, maybe showing to us that he knew he was going to die and wouldn’t be able to speak out first hand, so he wrote this poem which has been and will continue to be read for years to come.

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