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Compare and Contrast “Dulce et Decorum est” and “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

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Oliver Thomas Compare and Contrast "Dulce et Decorum est" and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" Tennyson and Owen have very different views of war. In "The Charge of the Light Brigade", Tennyson shows an attitude which focuses on duty and the army working as a team. It also portrays 'the 600' as brave and valiant, and tells us that they were glorious and that we should honour them because of how great they were. Tennyson's poem skips over all the pain and suffering of the soldiers, and the fact that the charge of the light brigade was a terrible disaster. Instead, it just shows war to be an honorable and good thing to be involved in. In "Dulce et Decorum est" Owen tries to show the full horror of war. Instead of showing the soldiers as great heroes, he focuses on the suffering and pain of living in the trenches, and the reality of war. Owen's poem tries to dispel any good feelings that people might have about war, and instead show it as a horrible way to die. The charge of the light brigade ha a galloping rhythm to it, which not only serves to create a sound picture of ...read more.

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Charge for the guns he said;', keeps up the pace of the poem, and sets the scene for the rest of the poem. Lines 7 and 8 are very similar to lines three and four. They just repeat the same thing to drum it into your brain, making the charge seem more mechanical and dehumanizing its participants. Owens poem, "Dulce et Decorum est" Has a very different attitude to war. It shows war from a more personal perspective, and does not treat the soldiers as heroes or even as an army. Instead, he compares them with weak, tired and possibly ill people like beggars. His first line, " Bent double, like old beggars under sacks," Throws you straight into the 'action', except there is no action; just ill soldiers bent double because they feel cold or unwell. You instantly know that the soldiers are not going to be shown as heroes, and that war will not be shown as good in this poem. "Like old beggars under sacks" is a simile, It compares the soldiers to beggars, thus discarding their heroic image and showing them as people who only live in the hope that one day things will get better. ...read more.

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In this line there is also a dissonant rhyme; the "trudge" rhymes with the "sludge" in line two. This emphasizes the harshness of these words. In line five, it says, "Men marched asleep.". This is a metaphor because it would be impossible to march properly while you were asleep. It means that the men looked as if they were trying to march while they were asleep i.e. they staggered around, and were very unresponsive to things they saw or heard. This increases the feeling of tiredness that was started in line four. Also, there is a long caesura in the form of a full stop after this statement, which keeps the poem slow. Line 6 describes many of the soldiers as "blood-shod" because they had lost their boots and had had to walk barefoot over rough ground. This shows the suffering and reality of the 1st world war. It also says, " All went lame; all bind;" which shows that the soldiers could not walk because of their bare, blood-shod feet, and that they were so tired that they could hardly see. They were obviously not properly blind because they would not have been able to fight if they were, so this is another metaphor. Line 7 and line 8 of the first stanza, " ...read more.

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