The poem almost sounds as if he is running into the battle by himself. Context… Ted Hughes, like Heaney, is a poet who often explores nature in his poems. And the word 'hot' prepares for a poem of suddenly changing temperatures: 'molten', 'cold', 'flame'. As he continued to run, he began to listen. Hughes also shows that war is unnatural by the fact of a yellow hare being thrown up is not a natural event to happen. As he ran, he tried to figure out why he was running into the battle.
This simile offers little reward to the reader patient enough to unpick its convoluted syntax. Just as a soldier gives up all luxuries he may have been formerly accustomed to, so he gives up all sense of loyalty to the king, honor, and human dignity. Hughes lists the reasons that people have for fighting and possibly dying for their country. Certainly I think the hare is like Rosenberg's rat, a mediating symbol of wished-for capability: not here cosmopolitan roving, but instead of sweating, stumbling heaviness, a 'flame' like speed. I think this because yellow is not usually the colour of a hare and yellow is also a colour of fear in my opinion.
It is significant to note that the hare is the only other living creature that the soldier acknowledges. We never know if he survives or if he dies. 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. The contrast between patriotic ideals and reality is seen through a powerful image — the reason he went to war. The violent imagery on the fifth line further describes the sound and impact of the shots.
However Hughes has chosen to end the poem in this was to reflect the gradual loss of humanity and nature. I love literature and that is due in part to having had a hugely inspiring teacher who was clearly excited by language and literature. This is is used to draw the reader in by captivating the audience with action and suspense. This image of nature being attacked by war is the reverse of the images that we see in Exposure where it is nature that is the enemy. Medias res, means starting a poem in the middle. Hughes implies that the juxtaposition of destruction vs nature are almost fighting against each other.
Analysis of the use and effect of various poetic techniques. The 'still' of 'still running' is being used as an adjective, and could be understood to describe the continuing running of the soldier, yet the word is ambiguous, suggesting an oxymoron of unmoving running that is like a severe slow-motion sequence in a film. It depicts the thoughts and feelings of one soldier as he charges at the enemy and begins to question his role in the battle. In the billions of years that have passed and may pass, what is the significance of this war? We then get a sense that the hedge is hiding the enemy — he gets his bayonet out and runs at the hedge. It reminds me here of another Owen poem too, Futility, where Owen reflects on God and life, how pointless the miracle of the universe seems when lives are snuffed out so easily and without consequence or even recognition. It is a weapon he carried which could inflict terrible wounds and take the lives of his enemies. It has been done elsewhere, and more successfully.
You should compare this poem with other poems about the same themes: effects of conflict: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', 'Poppies'; reality of battles: 'Belfast Confetti'; nature: 'Mametz Wood'. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who finds it some what a little pointless. Medias res, means starting a poem in the middle. The mood in stanza three is of extreme terror. Key words with definitions, a writing task with framework and an exemplar response. The way it rolls could also show an infinite loop of war, a cycle that will not break. One can imagine the deafening noise of so many weapons firing.
What had been largely observational and focused on external actions is now focused on telling us that the soldier has forgotten all the nobility, the glory of war and is only now fixed on saving himself. This sounds like a man running to escape, desperate. This is another point of comparison with The Charge of the Light Brigade which is also past tense. When the answer did not come to him, his feet simply stopped mid-stride and he stood there like a statue. The phrase is also an example of an oxymoron within the poem. I have no idea what the comparison is supposed to explore, but the soldier is in that same state.
Perhaps he looked confused, like he did not know where he was going. This is surprising — a battlefield would in reality be full of people. Of course, this is only an illusion. . Form Bayonet Charge is presented as though it had a formal shape, but in reality there is no strong pattern inside the lines - perhaps like the many amateur soldiers of the First World War, conscripted and dressed in uniform, but remaining civilians on the inside. The poem narrates two moments: the soldier running, and then the appearance of the hare.
His word choice also describes how the soldier is feeling in each stanza. It makes us read the words in a halting, hesitant manner, although speeding through it. Matching activity and a writing task with framework. This highlights the persistent theme of confusion throughout the poem more than the first stanza. Hughes lists the reasons that people have for fighting and possibly dying for their country.
Also the clock metaphor may suggest the clock will continue to tick and the individual us just part if the process. Perhaps the enemy is not mentioned in terms of human soldiers because the soldier knew that he was charging to battle to kill them. Then the shot-slashed furrows Threw up a yellow hare that rolled like a flame And crawled in a threshing circle, its mouth wide Open silent, its eyes standing out. The poem is not driven or constrained by rhythm and rhyme in the same way that other poems are. This symbolizes the change in the way the soldier feels about his position, his duty, and the weapon he carries.