Compare how poets present World War 1 in ‘Mametz Wood’ and one other poem you studied
Sheers wrote ‘Mametz Wood’, reflecting on the death and remains of solders in World War One contrasted to Hughes who wrote’ Bayonet Charge’ after war but set it during war, presenting the uncertainty of the soldiers. Having the two poems set in different times, contrasts how World War 1 is presented both during and after. Bayonet Charge has many examples of similes to give vivid detail to the reader, helping them to understand life at war whereas ‘Mametz Wood’ is run on metaphors to describe the delicacy of the remains of soldiers after war In ‘Mametz Wood, the metaphor ‘the china plate of a shoulder blade’ infers that the body piece which was found ‘under their plough’ was delicate, fragile and easily broken. Knowing the possible effect of the metaphor, we can suggest that the writer used this as a way of saying that even though the soldiers were tough and broad on the outside, the inside of them was delicate and easily shattered because of the war being so horrific which is what Sheers could be attempting to present in his poem moreover, ‘their skeletons paused mid dance – macabre’ suggests that now we know if you went to war, you’re essentially walking into your own grave without knowing death is going to take you presenting but the soldiers didn’t know that and they ended up ‘buried in one long grave…linked arm in arm’, compared to Bayonet Charge. A ‘patriotic tear’ could possibly signifying that the solider believed he’d get glory and honour in fighting for his country but that patriotism is lost within his tear as he ‘runs’ and ‘was running like a man who has jumped up in the dark’ suggesting, that he doesn’t understand why or where he is running to. The writer in Bayonet Charge presents a lot of uncertainty, hesitation, confusion and danger in the atmosphere - during World War One – for a solider. There so much threat that even ordinary objects like a ‘green hedge’...
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