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Compare the attitudes to war in the three poems.

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Introduction

Compare the attitudes to war in the three poems. 'Rule Britannia' was written in 1740. The title 'Rule' causes the reader to think that it is a command by God. You only find this out when you have the read the poem through once. You can only understand the title you have read the line 'at heavens command'. Rule Britannia is an extremely patriotic poem which creates the image that Britain is the place of the Lord and Britain is the best. This image is implied by: 'Arose from out the azure land, This was the charter of the land, And guardian angels sung the strain' This poem was written before Britain went to war with Spain. The writer would have wanted to unite Britain, make then know that the sea was theirs. He would of wanted to make the British proud. This was accomplished by the James Thomson describing Britain as the best and the other countries as 'not so blest as thee,'. This is saying that Britain has been blest by God and how the other countries have not.This quotation would make the reader think that Britain was born from the sea, by guardian angels ,who are the messengers of God. This implies that God created Britain and how Britain was born from the sea, so we should rule the sea. Another way that the patriotic image is created is by the chorus: 'Rule, Britannia, rule the waves; Briton never will be slaves.' ...read more.

Middle

The Charge of the Light Brigade is very confident on the surface but then some doubt seems to creep in. The crucial line in this poem is, 'Some one had blundered:'. This line is extremely impersonal. It is the first sign of doubt creeping in. Later on in the charge of the light Brigade the same line is repeated twice, this line is ' All the world wondered'. This line shows that people were questioning why these men were fighting, what was the point of this. This view of doubt never entered the first poem, it was like everyone was agreed that war was a great thing. In the second poem this doubt comes in and Tennyson shows that not everyone thinks that war is so glorious. Unlike the Rule Britannia the Charge of the Light Brigade mentions negative things about war. I believe Tennyson is trying to show the reader that the war is not all great, people do die. As I mentioned before the line about someone blundering is extremely impersonal which implies that in war there are no individuals in war, everyone is just seen as cannon fodder, if you die no one cares. The way the line is said makes this event sound like it happens often, normally when someone blunders or dies you would be shocked but the way it is said makes it sound like a common event of war, Tennyson has deliberately not used a explanation mark. I believe this is him trying to show there is no shock. ...read more.

Conclusion

The second ending describes the actions of the men as 'bold' which implies that the actions of the men were stupid and not thought out. The ending printed makes these men to be heroes how they were 'noble'. The ending which was not printed ends in ' how rode onwards'. When this is read the reader would think, why they rode forward at the guns? Why were they allowed to make such a tactically bad move. The charge of the light Brigade has a very quick moving rhyme while Attack has a very slow moving rhyme which is shown by 'Jostle' and 'Clumsily', it is obvious that these two poems have different opinions at the speed at which the war was fought. At the time that Light Brigade was fought, Wars would be done by people charging at each other at quick speeds and these fights would be over in matter of hours but the first world war was different Attacks were more tactically thought out and went on for months. In the charge of the light brigade it implies that the soldiers are not allowed to think if what they are doing is justified or sensible, they don't have a opinion, this is shown by 'Theirs not to make reply Theirs not to reason why Theirs but to do and die' In attack the soldiers clearly show their opinion about what they think about their enemy, 'glowering sun'. This implies that the sun is there enemy and how they are not looking forward to fighting. The charge of the light brigade seems very confident about what is doing at the beginning there is no doubt they will not win or they will die. ...read more.

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