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Compare and contrast the two poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'The charge of the Light Brigade.'

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Compare and contrast the two poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' and 'The charge of the Light Brigade.' Both 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' are poems about war. The poems are written in different periods of history. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is written by Wilfred Owen and is written about the First World War, Tennyson writes the 'Charge of the Light Brigade' about a particular engagement in the Crimean war in 1854. In 'Dulce et Decorum Est,' Owen is personally involved in the poem, he is an eyewitness. The poem reflects on his personal anger about war and also his anger about the ignorance of people at home. He believes that you do not know what war is actually like unless you go through it. 'If you could hear,' the 'if' emphasises you cannot imagine what Owen went through unless you were there. Owen is concentrating on the death of one man; this is particularly poignant for the reader and will induce them into the poem and make them emotionally involved. ...read more.

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In Tennyson's poem there is a solid regular rhyming scheme, however it has a varied pattern from stanza to stanza. In Owen's poem there is also a strong rhyming scheme; it rhymes alternately. In Tennyson's poem, the relentlessness of the poem is underlined by the repetition. Tennyson's poem has a strong consistent rhythm, at the end of each stanza, 'six hundred,' is repeated, this emphasises the sound of cantering horses, it is also a solid falling cadence from the sound 'hundred' which brings the tone of the poem down. There are also other words repeated in different stanzas, in stanza three and five the word 'cannon' is repeated three times, this is very effective as it gives the sense that the soldiers are surrounded. Also stanza 5 is basically a repetition of stanza 3 however stanza three is them going towards the attack, 'cannon in front,' and in stanza 5 is them coming away from it, 'cannon behind them.' In both poems the poets make each stanza represent different events in the poem, this makes it clearer of what is going on. ...read more.

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Tennyson tries to give you a feeling of what it was like by using onomatopoeia, 'volley'd and thunder'd.' To show the impact he thought they had on the opposition he uses alliteration 'shattere'd and sunder'd. I feel that this did work well and gave a sense of hearing the cannons fire. In the last paragraph Tennyson asks a rhetorical question, 'When can the glory fade?' I think he is anticipating the reader will think never, this is trying to make the poem memorable for the reader and to try and make them think about war from Tennyson's point of view. The poem which I felt was most effective was 'Dulce est Decorum Est' I thought this as I prefered the way in which he made it personal and emotional which gives a significance of war. It was easier for me to understand so I felt more involved in the poem. I found the way in which the poem was written was interesting, I liked the poetic devices he used. I also shared in his point of view on war so it had a big impact on me. Also I thought that in Owen's poem the amount of imagery was more often, which gave a very powerful and vivid image in your mind. ...read more.

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