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Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, IS IT?

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Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, IS IT? Examine the various attitudes towards war displayed in your anthology. In this piece of coursework I shall be comparing four different poems form the pre1914 period. These poems shall be "the Charge of the Light Brigade", "The man he killed", "Come up form the fields father" and "After Blenhiem" and seeing the different attitudes towards the war. The Charge of The Light Brigade "The Charge of The Light Brigade", is a very dramatic poem about he elite of an army during the Crimean War in 1896. In the poem Tennyson celebrate the bravery of the six hundred British troops who went into a battle against all odds, even though they knew that they would be killed. The poem starts in the middle of the action 'Light Brigade' is written in dactylic feet (one space stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables) and this gives a sense of excitement of the galloping horse sin the cavalry charge and the rhythm of their feet beating on the ground: "Half a league, half a league Half a league onward" "The valley of death is used as a biblical view of he fate of the men. ...read more.


O the wild charge they made! ... Honor the charge they made, Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!' The repetition of 'the six hundred, at the end of each stanza reminds the reader of the enormous loss of life, but at the end of the poem they have become the 'Noble six hundred' and are celebrated as heroes. This honour of going to war and dying in war is also shown in the poem 'To Lucasta, Going to the Wars' and 'The Volunteer'. The Man He Killed The Man He Killed is about a man who was in battle and has just killed a man and he is trying to justify his actions. At the start of the poem we hear a man talking as if he had met this man in an inn he would not have killed him but treated him like a friend and would have had a few drinks with him: 'Had he and I but met, By some old ancient inn, We should have sat us down to wet' But since he was a member of infantry on the side of his so called enemy, this was not the case. ...read more.


This extract shows you how the man feel about war for he thinks that war is rather peculiar for in war you shoot the man shooting at you, however if you got to know them you could make friends with them. After Blenheim 'After Blenheim' is about an Old Farmer called Old Kasper who was a little child during the bloody battle of Blenheim. He is telling his grandchildren about the 'great victory' at Blenheim. The scene of the poem is in a field where old Kasper is sitting in front of his cottage in the sun during an idyllic time of day when his grandson finds something large and round. When the grandson brings the large round object to his grandfather Old Kasper tells him in a sympathetic way that it was somebody's skull who had fallen in the great victory. 'Tis some poor fellow's skull.' Said he, Who fell in the great victory.' The way Old Kasper says 'Who fell in the great victory,' is ironic due to many men losing their lives in this battle yet it is still proclaimed as a great victory.' Is ironic due to the many men losing their lives yet still it is called 'the great victory.' ...read more.

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