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Comparing 'Dulce et Decorem Est' with 'Charge of the Light Brigade'

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  • Submitted: 07/11/2005
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AS and A Level War Poetry

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Comparing 'Dulce et Decorem Est' with

'Charge of the Light Brigade'

Although both 'Dulce et Decorum Est´ and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade´ are about battle and the death of soldiers, they portray the experience of war in different ways. The main difference between the poems is the message they express. They seem to be writing about completely different wars. Wilfred Owens poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est,' was written from his point of view as a soldier in the war. It is much more personal and emotive than 'Charge of the Light Brigade.' Tennyson's poem, on the other hand was written as one of his duties as the Poet Laureate at the time. It lacks the detail and also the personal experience that Owens's poem has, and gives the impression that Tennyson does not actually care about the war very much and does not know much about it. 'Charge of the Light Brigade' was written to memorialise a suicidal charge by light cavalry over open terrain by British forces in the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. 247 men of the 637 in the charge were killed or wounded.

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