War Poetry: Ted Hughes: 'Bayonet Charge'
I have already said my piece about the AQA GCSE poetry syllabus and what it calls the 'Conflict' cluster. (I take 'cluster' to be the AQA's decorous abbreviation of a more accurate military term which, alas, cannot be used on a family-friendly blog.) Now I will do my best to help those unfortunates brought to this site in search of information about one particular poem: Ted Hughes's 'Bayonet Charge'. What follows is a set of loose notes. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Hughes wrote far better poems than 'Bayonet Charge'. Postscript: for an account of Jane Weir's 'Poppies', see here.