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Dulce Et Decorum Est – The Charge Of The Light Brigade

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Dulce Et Decorum Est - The Charge Of The Light Brigade Introduction The two poems I will be writing about are "Dulce Et Decorum Est" which was written during the first world war by Sir Wilfred Owen and portrays the horrors of war. The second poem is called "The Charge Of The Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which was written during the Crimean War and shows a completely different attitude to the "glory" of war. This piece of work will be comparing how each poet views the loss of life in battle, and how the use of words and rhythm influence the readers' frame of mind. A Comparison Of Two War Poems The Charge Of The Light Brigade This poem was written by a man named Alfred Lord Tennyson in the 19th century during the Crimean War. The style in which he wrote was to make each of the six verses tell about the sequence of events occurring during the battle. ...read more.


Although only very few out of the original six hundred soldiers survived they are called 'heroes' and Tennyson uses the words 'When can their glory fade?' to once again bring to the readers attention the bravery and worthiness of the battle. I think the poem is a good poem because although it may not be an accurate description of the feelings of the soldiers as they rode into battle and the poet did not actually witness the conflict himself, his use of words would inspire other soldiers and make them feel proud and boost their morale. The poem did bring across to me the sadness of the situation as well and made me think about the futility of the loss of so many lives. A Comparison Of Two War Poems Dulce Et Decorum Est Dulce Et Decorum Est was written by Wilfred Owen during the First World War which began in 1914 and lasted for four years until 1918. ...read more.


It makes the reader feel that this type of suffering should never have to be endured again and never allowed to re-occur. A Comparison Of Two War Poems Conclusion Although both of these poems describe war each poet puts forward their different views in a strong and emotional way. The Charge of the Light Brigade by Tennyson depicts war as a glorious act of bravery, courage and loyalty. I feel that although he did not witness this battle first hand, he wrote the poem to please his fellow countrymen and to make the point that these young men's lives were not taken in vain, but were sacrificed for the honour of their country and should be looked upon as heroes. Dulce Et Decorum Est was written by Wilfred Owen who portrays war as he witnessed it as a soldier. He wrote it to describe the pointlessness of the war and the horrific and futile loss of life. Both of these poems were enjoyable but I preferred Dulce Et Decorum Est, as it was a more truthful description of the conditions the soldiers experienced in the trenches. ...read more.

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