"How does ?The Target' compare with ?Bohemians', both by Ivor Gurnery.

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However, in ?The Bohemians', no higher presence is ever alluded to, thereby making it all the more poignant when we discover that the titular bohemians "lie free of useless fashions," in their grave. Clearly, both poems are satirical in this respect, as two more senior figureheads are being critically damned; in ?The Target', simply God, whilst in ?The Bohemians,' it is those who conform to government legislature, but ultimately gain nothing more than the rebellious bohemians...
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Clearly, both poems are satirical in this respect, as two more senior figureheads are being critically damned; in ?The Target', simply God, whilst in ?The Bohemians,' it is those who conform to government legislature, but ultimately gain nothing more than the rebellious bohemians. In the latter poem, conformity seems to be criticised throughout; for example, Gurney's satirising of the punishments men received for not wearing correct uniform, or the fact that those who "argued of army ways / wrenched what little soul they had still further from shape," is indicative of his own views (the poet was bohemian in his attitudes to artistry and freedom), but set in the context of public opinion at the time...
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