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“Charge of the Light Brigade” written by Alfred Tennyson and “Dulce et Decorum est” written by Wilfred Owen.

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In the next two pages I have talked and described the two war poems that I am studying at them moment. The first one is "Charge of the Light Brigade" written by Alfred Tennyson. The second is "Dulce et Decorum est" written by Wilfred Owen. I have also written a little about the author. At the end I have done a conclusion on which I think was the best. Alfred Tennyson wrote 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' in 1854. He wrote it after reading an article by W. H. Russell in the Times Newspaper. W. H. Russell was famous for his reports in the Crimean War fought in Southern Russia. As you start to read you can recognize that the rhythm of the poem is that of a galloping horse. "Half a league, half a league." Tennyson refers to the valley as the "valley of death". The soldiers are just riding in to meet their death. In stanza two Tennyson makes a reference to the mistake, "someone had blundered". ...read more.


"Then they rode back, but not, not the six hundred!" These two lines show how they eventually started to ride back, but not all of them. In stanza five we have three lines the same as stanza three. "Cannon to right of them, left of them, behind them". When they were riding back, they were still being shot at. They also describe the valley as mouth of hell in this stanza too. Notice that Tennyson never mentioned how many came back. "All that was left of them left of six hundred". "When can their glory fade? Oh the wild charge they made". Tennyson shows his admiration for them in stanza five. "Honour the light Brigade, noble six hundred". Dulce et Decorum est was written by the poet Wilfred Owen. In 1913 he went to France and taught English for two years. He entered the war in October 1915 and fought as an officer in the Battle of Somme in 1916 but was hospitalised for shell shock in May 1917. ...read more.


Owen explains how the gas looked "Thick green light". "I saw him drowning". Is exactly what happened to them, their lungs filled up with blood drowning them. "In all my dreams before my helpless sight". Describes how he'll always dream about not being able to help him. He writes about how they "flung" him into the wagon, how his eyes "withered" in his face. The sound of him gargling the blood, which had filled his lungs. "Obscene as cancer, bitter as cud" is another simile. It explains well how terrible and bitter this whole thing was. "Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues". How unfair this was to be happening to innocent people. Owen died a week before the war ended in 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for serving in the war with distinction. I think both of these poems are excellent. I prefer "Dulce et Decorum est" because its so much more real. The author, Wilfred Owen was actually there so he is talking from experience. Unlike Alfred Tennyson who only read it from a report in a paper. They both are still very good examples of what the war were like. ...read more.

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