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A Comparison of two poems: The charge of the Light Brigade (Lord Tennyson) Dulce Et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen)

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GCSE English Course work A Comparison of two poems: * The charge of the Light Brigade (Lord Tennyson) * Dulce Et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen) The two poems that I have been studying are each about war. They both describe about the terrors of war and the suffering of each side's men and what they had to go through. The two different poets have very different views on how the war actually progressed. The first poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" is a piece of propaganda for the army; similarly for "Dulce Et Decorum Est." It was most likely that the poet in the first poem was nowhere near the actual war and was probably sitting at some clerk's desk back home, having been instructed to write such propaganda. You can tell this because of some of the phrases he uses. Phrases like "They that had fought so well" show the inaccuracies that the poet showed because in reality most of the men were killed before they even got to the Russians guns, because they were under so much heavy fire, "Stormed at with shot and shell". ...read more.


Also he is trying to do this so that the army of the time didn't get a bad reputation for itself by killing innocent young men. In the second poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est" the poet does not want to say that war is sweet and heroic, but he wants to show the people how the war really was. When the poet was in hospital he wrote a letter to his mother saying "I can see no excuse for deceiving you about these last 4 days. I have suffered the 7th hell." This shows how the poet wanted to show the world the "real war", hiding nothing. Cont... In the first stanza the poet tells us how the men are so injured and shell shocked that they have been made useless, he says, "All went Lame, all went Blind." This is almost the total opposite of what the poet of the charge of the Light Brigade tells us about war, because even after and during the men being shelled they all fought strongly. ...read more.


I think that this phrase was originally made up so that all of the men who went into war were not afraid of dying for their country, which would mean that more men would voluntarily join the army and fight for their country. In conclusion Owen is trying to suggest that war is an Evil thing. In the "Charge of the Light Brigade" poem the poet tries to say a totally opposite thing to the poet of "Dulce Et Decorum Est" because he tries to emphasize the glory of dying for ones country and how it was a glorious battle but it was not, it was a bloody death "To the noble 600". The reason for the difference may be because that "The Charge of the Light Brigade" poem was written much earlier than the "Dulce Et Decorum Est" poem and as time has gone on I think the people have changed their views on war and the general consensus is that it is better to preserve life than it is to destroy it. By Mathew Du Port 1/10/02 ...read more.

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