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Compare and contrast Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" with Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est".

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Rough. Compare and contrast Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" with Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est". I couldn't do this section because my book was taken in on the day I planned to do it. But in the final draft it will be completed During the course of this essay, I will be comparing and discussing the contrast between Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" and Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est.". Both poems have a strong view of war, which shows in the actual meaning of the story they are trying to tell. Wilfred Owen's poem portrays a image of war as being completely meaningless and futile, while in complete contrast t this Tennyson's poems seems to portray a very patriotic and heroic view of war, but there is more once you look deeper into both. Tennyson's poem was criticised as subversive when it was published, and nowadays seen as an apology for an upfront empire. This seems to be not the case, the poem seems to be depicting a very heroic view of the Crimean War, which was a bloody battle were many lives were lost needlessly. But Owen's poem clearly states the futility of war and how it doesn't make heroes out of men, but just causes them pain and death. His detailed poetry portrays the horrible things that happen in wars were in Tennyson's tells us nothing of the pain but just the glory. ...read more.


In Owen's poem the main part where he uses onomatopoeia is when he uses the powerful underwater metaphor, when the man is succumbing to poison gas, which is compared to drowning. "Gargling on froth corrupted lungs". You can nearly hear someone couching and choking in water, gasping for air. Tennyson uses onomatopoeia to give us the sound of a "thud" by using words like: "thunder'd", "blunder'd", "wondered", and "hundred". He isn't focusing on the meaning, which we have just covered, but is concerned of the sound that is projected. These noises give us the image of the horses charging to death once again which Tennyson's poem is heavily dependent on; also the heroism is represented on these sounds. The words are chopped to create a sense of speed and a burst of charging. We get the impression that Owen fought in the war where as Tennyson did not. We see the evidence for this in the way the poems are written. Owen uses vivid and detailed metaphors and similes "through a green sea", but Tennyson has more of an on-lookers view of the war and uses trite descriptive text "valley of death." Owen's is realistic and tells us what it looked and effect it had, but Tennyson is more of the clich�d image given to us of war. Owen also uses words and phrases that create an impression of what he is describing, but Tennyson's has an outsider's view of war and seems to be more factual as if it had been read from a book. ...read more.


He went to Birkenhead Institute and at Shrewsbury Technical School and worked as a pupil-teacher at Wyle Cop School while preparing himself for his matriculation exam for the University of London. He failed to get a scholarship he found a job as an English teacher in the Berlitz School. In 1915 he enlisted in the Artists' rifles and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he joined the Manchester Regiment in France on January 1917. Here is where he started to write poems on his war experiences. Shortly he had an accident which concussed him in the summer due to a shell landing two yards away, He was diagnosed as suffering from shell-shock. While recovering at Craiglockhart War Hospital he met the poet Siegfried Sassoon. Owen showed Sassoon his poetry who advised and encouraged him. So also did another writer at the hospital, Robert Graves. Sassoon suggested that Owen should write in a more direct, colloquial style. Over the next few months Owen wrote a series of poems, including Anthem for Doomed Youth, Disabled, Dulce et Decorum Est and Strange Meeting. In August 1918 Owen was declared fit to return to the Western Front. He fought at Beaurevoir- Fonsomme, where he was awarded the Military Cross. Wilfred Owen was killed by machine-gun fire while leading his men across the Sambre Canal on 4th November 1918. A week later the Armistice was signed. Only five of Owen's poems were published while he was alive. After Owen's death his friend, Siegfried Sassoon, arranged for the publication of his Collected Poems (1920). ...read more.

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