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Comparing Lord Tennyson and Wilfred Owen

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Comparing Lord Tennyson and Wilfred Owen Propaganda in war time was a very powerful way to change someone's view on war, or to sugar-coat the truth of what is happening at war. (However when what is said is a complete lie this sparks a thought in the mind of a certain person from then on the "People's voice" is heard). The two poems written are both based on war. The poems are also both literature based, and were written to show moral outrage. The two poems which are to be analysed are "Dulce et Decorum est", written by Wilfred Owen. The other poem is "Charge of the Light Brigade" written by Alfred Tennyson. These two poems describe war, and scenes from war, with varying levels of intensity and also from different viewpoints. ...read more.


Owen uses a lot of sensory language to convey his message such as: "Guttering", "Choking" and "Drowning". Wilfred Owen would have seen many people die in agony. One person is described in this poem. He is described as a hero until he dies this unmentionable death by having his lungs burned and "incurable sores" placed upon his tongue. It is clear that Owen is writing this poem in answer to what was written by writers such as Jessie Pope. This is shown by how Owen uses the word "you" a lot. He wants to show the realities of conflict, behind the heroism and splendour. Tennyson however uses repetition to signify a lot of weapons for example, "Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them etc." This places the picture if 600 men surrounded by cannons as they are shot down. ...read more.


Tennyson uses repetition when he writes, "On the six hundred". After a few times I anticipate it coming at the last part of every stanza, however this does not happen on the forth stanza, "Not the six hundred", is written to emphasize the point that the soldiers have died in battle. Having explored both poems, I feel that the poem which had most effect on me was "Dulce et Decorum est", I prefer this one because of the excellent use of sensory language and because of the striking graphic imagery; the way he describes the effects of war on him, and also how he directs the poem at the reader by using personal phrases such as: "You" and "My friend". "The Charge of the Light Brigade," doesn't have the impact and realism displayed by Wilfred Owen. It is more imaginative outlook on war rather then Owen's graphic view. The poem however did have a lot of excitement, pace and passion which made reading it enjoyable. ...read more.

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