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Comparing "Dulce et Decorum est" and "The Charge of the Light Brigade".

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In this essay I will be comparing two poems. These poems are on the topic of war which is very relevant especially as there is a war going on in Iraq as I am writing this. The first poem I am going to write about called: "Dulce et Decorum est" is written by Wilfred Owen. He had first hand experience of war as he was a soldier; so he will give us a very honest opinion of war and what it was really like to fight in one. Unfortunately for him he was killed in action a week before the war ended. The poem has a very strong anti-war feeling about it; it is his personal view that dying for your country is not a very good thing and in the poem he conveys this to us by giving us very clear mental pictures of the horrible effects of war. Wilfred Owens's attitude to war is that he is frustrated, angry and resentful of it. The poem type Wilfred uses in this poem is the Sonnet; this is odd because Sonnet poems are usually about love but in this case he is writing about hurt; rhythm of the octaves in this poem is slow and speeds up in the sestet. ...read more.

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"Blood shod", "drunk with fatigue" to show the exhaustion and suffering of the soldiers. Also the Onomatopoeic words in the first verse "sludge" and "trudge", show us how the soldiers slowly marched ; it tell us also that they had no determination and enthusiasm lift to fight for their country. Wilfred Owen is basically saying in this poem that he's been there and it's not that good at all to fight for your country. This is the complete opposite of what Lord Tennyson talks about in "The Charge of the Light Brigade". Lord Tennyson's poem is different from Wilfred Owen in a number of ways. Firstly Lord Tennyson has never fought in a war; Tennyson poem is also saying that it is good to die for your country and Tennyson's poem is about the soldiers being heroes and noble men. The poet's attitude to war is that it is an honorable and noble thing to die for your country. The tone of this poem is fast and very sharp e.g.: "Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns! " Another example is "Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them" stays at this speed for most of the poem. ...read more.

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and "When can their glory fade?" He does use a quite a lot of onomatopoeia e.g.: "Volleyed and thundered" and "...Shot and shell". He has also chosen his verbs in his poem really well. They are Very prominent; convey idea of speed, the light and movement all in the one verb is "flashed". The repetition is very powerful and significant in the poem from the very first line: "Half a league, Half a League, Half a league onward." My personal view on war is that it is a terrible thing and should only be used for a last resort. I would only agree with a war at present if there was evidence to prove that Iraq have weapons of mass destruction and then I would consider it a just war and that we must get Saddam quickly and carefully to keep down the risk of innocent deaths. I personally prefer "Dulce et Decorum est." by Wilfred Owen as it is more detailed and gives you very vivid pictures of the soldiers deaths and as Wilfred Owen was believable actually there it's more in a sense as he was has seen it up close. This poem taught me that war is a bad thing and it's not worth it; it helped me to appreciate how much pain some of the soldiers had to suffer in the war. ...read more.

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