Compare Bayonett Charge and Out of the Blue Poetry Gcse Conflict a* Response

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Compare how the poets present someone being damaged by war in ‘Bayonet Charge’ and one other poem from ‘Conflict’. Bayonet Charge is a poem which describes the thoughts and feelings of an unnamed soldier charging an enemy position in world war one and it is written by Ted Hughes. Out of the Blue written by Simon Armitage, is a poem which describes the thoughts and feelings of an individual who is standing on one of the burning twin towers and he is about to jump off and kill himself, due to a result of conflict. Bayonet Charge is written in the third person referring to the individual as “he”, the reader still understands how the soldier holding the Bayonet is feeling. Perhaps the fact that Ted Hughes has written this poem in the third person is to suggest that the soldier is too mentally instable and petrified to think for himself in a clear, structural manner which contributes to the fact that conflict is destroying him. For example a quote suggesting his instability is, “The patriotic tear that had brimmed in his eye Sweating like molten iron from the centre of his chest,-“The reference to “patriotic tear” implies that he was willing to fight for his country to defeat the enemy because he was a loyal soldier, but soldiers are not made of stone, they are still human and they still have feelings, and cry. This too is another way in which Ted Hughes represents how the conflict is damaging the individual, because the conflict is interfering with his thoughts. Out of the Blue is written in the first person and this is particularly effective when it comes to understanding the extent that the individual is being damaged as a result of the conflict. The reader is able to sympathise with the individual, “Does anyone see a soul worth saving?” ` In this quote the reader understands that the individual may have been strong and brave before the conflict happened, but now
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