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Compare And Contrast The Portrayal Of War And The Attitudes Of The Poets In Tennyson's "Charge Of The Light Brigade" And Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est."

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Emma Richards Mr Phillpots Compare And Contrast The Portrayal Of War And The Attitudes Of The Poets In Tennyson's "Charge Of The Light Brigade" And Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est." Tennyson's poem describes the Calvary charge, port of the battle of Balaclava during the Crimean war of 1845 as dramatic, glorious and yet tragic. The war was dramatic as within thirty-five minutes four hundred men were killed as they charged at men armed with cannons and other artillery. Tennyson uses a strong rhythm and rhyme pattern to represent the galloping horses as they began to charge up the valley. Tennyson also uses repetition, "half a league", "half a league" and this is also used to create rhythm. Tennyson's verse structure and punctuation also adds sense of speed to reflect the battle as it was short and had dramatic consequences. His choice of vocabulary is also dramatic as Tennyson uses alliteration in "stormed at with shot and shell" and " shatter'd and sunder'd" in the poems third and forth stanzas. ...read more.

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Long sentences and use of commas are used to slow the verse in Owen's poem. Owen uses strong vocabulary to show exhaustion in the men. He describes the men as "bent double" and "knocked kneed". Owen uses similes to show aging, when he writes "like old beggars" and "like hags". "Blind", "lame" and "deaf" are Owen's choice of language to show suffering within the men. The change of pace for the dramatic gas attack at the start of the second stanza is felt when the use of exclamation marks and short sentences are used to express the urgency with which the men have to put their masks on. Owen uses verbs in his poem to give a sense of a painful death. Owen uses verbs like "yelling," "choking," "stumbling," "floundering," "guttering" and "drowning." Tennyson's attitude to the battle is mixture of pride, admiration and disbelief. ...read more.

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The suffering of the man as his lungs were destroyed from the inside. The psychological damage will haunt the men in their dreams since they witnessed this man dying. The title "Dulce et Decorum est." is ironic as it means, "it is sweet and meek to die for one's country." Owen calls it," the old like." Owen's tone is an angry one, as he believes that young men are encouraged to join up as they were told good thing about it and not what it was really like. This made him very critical. Owen described in his poems what it was really like. He wrote of the war as a muddy and cold place with blood and death all around them. The men were full of despair during the war. Tennyson's poem is also critical of the officers who gave orders to the men but his portrayal is of glory and nobility as he feels that the men should be honoured. ...read more.

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