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Comparing poems - Sassoon's poem "the kiss" is a poem describing a bullet that he calls "brother lead" and his bayonet " sister steel ". Tennyson's poem " the charge of the Light Brigade"

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Comparing poems coursework Sassoon's poem "the kiss" is a poem describing a bullet that he calls "brother lead" and his bayonet "sister steel". Tennyson's poem " the charge of the Light Brigade" shows six hundred soldiers who go into war and come back defeated although Tennyson makes them sound like heroes when it says "While horse and hero fell they that had fought so well". In Sassoon's poem he makes the bullet seem powerful "blind power" as an impartial objective like the bullet doesn't see right or wrong. And as for the bayonet he takes pride in it and looks after it well as Sassoon calls it "sister steel" as feminine "I guard her beauty clean from rust". ...read more.

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Although in the kiss the structure is in ABBA, which has regular structure, length and rhyme scheme all the way through. The imagery in Tennyson's poem is that he makes war poetic and glorious like "flash'd all their sabres bare, flash'd as turn'd in the air sabring the gunners there" they are fighting the gunners eith their bare sabres. The imagery in the kiss shows how the bullet "spins and burns and loves the air" Its almost as if the bullet is having fun. And when Sassoon says "sweet sister grant your soldier this" its like asking the female (bayonet) to kiss like a women. The bayonet is swift, accurate and cold, almost unemotional and unapproachable and the bullet enjoys power (impartial) ...read more.

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Sassoon was in world war one, Tennyson's poem is very positive he says, "rode back instead of retreated but the kiss is very much symbolised with religion like "I make appeal" which means praying. I think in the kiss Siegfried Sassoon must have seen quite disturbing incidents with a bayonet or a bullet because he speaks as if they are his own like they are a part of him that's why he calls them brother and sister. I think when Tennyson looks back on the defeat of the Brigade he tries to look back on the positive images because in his poem there are hardly any negative comments about the war, "Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade!" I think these are both two great War poets with great emotion and creativity put into them, which makes them both very exiting poems to read. By Daniel Gee ...read more.

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