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"Dulce e Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen, "Suicide In the Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Tennyson

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From studying the selection of texts (Poetry and Prose) what have you learnt about the different way writers from different periods deal with the subject of war The three poems that I have chosen to talk about are "Dulce e Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen, "Suicide In the Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Tennyson. I will look at the three poems different opinions on war and how they compare and contrast from each other. I will also take into account the way the poets background may of affected there views. The poets come from a close time period but with different views " Suicide In The Trenches" and Dulce e Decorum est" are from the World War One era and "The Charge of The Light Brigade" form the Crimean War.. Alfred Tennyson, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen all come from different backgrounds which alters the way they write, and the way they put there opinions across. Tennyson was a rich, public school student, proud of Britain's conquests around the world but never fought himself, so had no first person experience of fighting. Owen contrasts to this as he didn't have a lot of riches and was no more then a common soldier. Sassoon was an army officer but still was quit rich and never got the full taste of trench warfare during World War One. This shows straight away that the three writers were all brought up with different views and backgrounds which would definitely affect the way they write. ...read more.

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Sassoon was innocent going into the war and due to the shock that he found, he used this in "Suicide In The Trenches" to make more people realise what was really going on. The way that different writers write is directly linked to the background they have mixed in with there experiences of war. Tennyson who never experienced war and enjoyed the idea of a British Empire wrote pro war. Sassoon who was shocked at what he saw when he went to war, wrote a poem which used shock to get across a anti war stance. Owen was inadequate to fight a war and writes about how the British army was inadequate against the German gas attacks. The methods they use in there poems are also related to there background and how well educated they are. Tennyson was poet laureate and so a well respected poet. Owen was not well educated but had help from Sassoon to write a well structured poem. Sassoon like Tennyson was well educated so managed to use a different opinion from Tennyson but still in a good structure. Tennyson emphasises a lot on the heroism of the soldiers during his poem.In the face of overwhelming odds and horror they are still described as riding "boldly". He uses metaphors to get across his point in a more theatrical way "Into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell". This language is very simple yet at the same time manages to be very dramatic. ...read more.

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Sassoon writes in this way due to his background. He was in an upbeat mood as were most soldiers who joined up to fight. When he arrived though he got shocked at what he saw and so put this across in his poem. During World War One many horrific things happened and writers from this period like Owen and Sassoon wrote about how awful it was. In conclusion I have learnt that writers from different periods deal with the subject in different ways according to there background and experience. Tennyson lived without having to fight a war and during the period he was alive he got news back from around the world of great conquests of the British army. The Crimean War didn't change history, but still Britain suffered a terrible loss of men. Tennyson and the rest of Britain was not used to this, so Tennyson wrote about the subject of war in a very positive way. Owen and Sassoon experienced the great war and saw the terrible losses first hand. They instead of showing how Britain was doing well, they wrote about how people were dying innocently. In the period Owen and Sassoon were writing in, Britain faced an uncertain future and Owens and Sassoon's poem complement this aspect of life. They both try to get across the truth and reality in there poems. The World War One period made writers like Sassoon and Owen write in this style. Unlike Tennyson they put across all the negative aspects and stuck close to the point. Although Britain won World War One writers from this period wrote in a negative manner. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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