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Compare and Contrast 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Charge Of The Light Brigade', paying careful attention to the way the poet deals with war.

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Compare and Contrast 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Charge Of The Light Brigade', paying careful attention to the way the poet deals with war. Poets View Both poet's, Owen and Tennyson, are writing about their own experiences of war, they both give their own views on the event and on the soldiers participating in the war.Owen's attitude to war is very effective because it does the job that Owen intended it to do, and this was to bring the reader to reality which in Owens time was the period 1914-18 during which the 1st World War occurred. WhereasTennysons attitude to war is very different to Owens because Tennyson describes a more jingoistic, ironic view on war. Tennyson isn't trying to bring the reader to reality, Tennyson is trying to bring the reality to the reader, he is in fact gloryifying war. (Comments) - does time make a difference on war with new technology being developed or is it just the way the poet's Style The opening stanza of 'Dulce' is soporific because Owen describes the way the soldiers are feeling: "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge" But Owen gradually makes the poem more tense and action-packed as the poem progresses. ...read more.


So Owen here wants us to see how the soldiers are crippling towards their death and also how the atmosphere is like. Owens art of writing is concrete whereas to say that it is real, not made up. However Tennysons art of writing is artificial or abstract, whereas to say that it is not real eg: "Into the valley of Death, Rode the six hundred." Paying particular attention to, "Into the valley of Death." Also Tennyson repetises 'Rode the six hundred' at the end of each stanza because Tennsyon is reminding the reader of the enormous loss of life, but at the end of teh poem, 'Rode the six hundred' had become, 'Noble six hundred', and are celebrated as heroes. Tennyson doesn't use cinema-mode frankly because his poem was written in the 1850's, whereas Owens was written in the period of 1914-18 where the technology was starting to come around. Tennysons poem is not concrete enough to be a war poem because it does not have the same impact as Owens. Owen doesn't use a lot of repetition because he is writing what he saw in real life and thinks that there is no need for repetition but Owen uses repetition twice: "As under a green sea, I saw him drowning," and "He plunges at me guttering, choking, drowning." ...read more.


Tennyson exaggerates a lot in the poem which is meant to be a ballad. Also, Owens language is that effective that you can go stright from words to pictures fully emphasising the use of cinemamode. (Comments) - What is Owen trying to achieve with the use of language that he uses? If Tennyson had used louder expressions, then perhaps his poem would have been non-artificial. Closing Thoughts Owen gives us a detailed picture of war: he talks in the first person, 'I saw him drowning', and describes one dying man, in contrast to Tennysons rather impersonal 'Six hundred'. Owen wants us to imagine that we are actually there on the battlefield so we get an idea of what it was like. Owens poem is the closest we will get to experiencing such atrocities and if we had, Owen tells us in the final lines, then we would not glorify the war any more. In the Preface to his poems, published after his death, Owen wrote, 'All a poet can do today is warn, that is why true poets must be truthful'. This is why Owen criticises 'the high zest' that some people have for 'the old Lie' of the glory of war, and this is why I think that 'Dulce' is the more powerful poem of the two. ...read more.

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