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A comparison of Tennyson's, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est'.

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A comparison of Tennyson's, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. In this essay I am going to discuss two poems, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est'. I will analyse each poem in depth. From these two poems I will compare and contrast the differences between theme, language, form and tone. I will also discuss the similarities of the poems. This will enable me to draw up a conclusion showing the different attitudes towards war. 'The charge of the Light Brigade', was written during the Crimean war in the 1850's. The Crimean war was in the Crimea in Russia. Tennyson wrote this poem after reading a press report which glorified war. ...read more.

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This showed that even though the soldiers knew that they were going to die, they were determined to fight. When Tennyson wrote 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', many people believed that they should be obedient and patriotic. They were unquestioning and obeyed all orders. These beliefs were seen as virtues, during the Victorian era. Tennyson saw no suffering. He was influenced by the view of others. The idea of his poem was to write a memorial to glorify those who had died. There were many reasons to why 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' was written. One of the main reasons it was written was to show that war was honourable. ...read more.

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It suggested that war was in conflict with patriotism. The idea of Owen's poem was a snapshot of war to frighten people. Owen was trying to show people the harsh reality of war. 'Dulce et Decorum Est', was written for a purpose. It was to break down the illusion of 'heroic' war. More importantly Owen wrote this poem to express his emotions. He had first hand information and went through the gruesome details of war. He also wrote this poem to support the public's disillusionment with WW1. He wanted people to stop fighting in war and giving their lives away. Furthermore he wanted to show the real side to war. The agonising and terrifying time that soldiers went through. The theme of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' is to honour the soldiers doing their duty. Tennyson shows this by the soldiers ...read more.

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