Bayonet Charge

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  • Published: 6 Aug 12
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Blurb In order for you to understand the short story I have written, you are going to have to read the poem 'Bayonet Charge' by Ted Huges. I have printed the copy of the poem in the first chapter. In the second chapter I have written my story based on the events that happen in the poem. You will see some quotes from the poem in my story. Bayonet Charge is about a soldiers experience in the war, and all the emotions he goes through.
charge,  pariotic,  war,  bayonet
Historical Fiction
Approx 4 minutes to read
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1. Bayonet Charge - The Poem

Bayonet Charge - By Ted Hughes

Suddenly he awoke and was running - raw In raw-seamed hot khaki, his sweat heavy, Stumbling across a field of clods towards a green hedge That dazzled with rifle fire, hearing Bullets smacking the belly out of the air - He lugged a rifle numb as a smashed arm; The patriotic tear that had brimmed in his eye Sweating like molten iron from the centre of his chest, -

In bewilderment then he almost stopped - In what cold clockwork of the stars and the nations Was he the hand pointing that second? He was running Like a man who has jumped up in the dark and runs Listening between his footfalls for the reason Of his still running, and his foot hung like Statuary in mid-stride. 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. He plunged past with his bayonet toward the green hedge, King, honour, human dignity, etcetera Dropped like luxuries in a yelling alarm To get out of that blue crackling air His terror’s touchy dynamite.


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