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Examine the Differences Between Alfred Tennyson's, 'Charge of the Light Brigade' and Wilfred Owen's, 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'.

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EXAMINE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALFRED TENNYSON'S, 'CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE' AND WILFRED OWEN'S, 'DULCE ET DECORUM EST'. Lord Tennyson's, 'Charge of the Light Brigade' and Wilfred Owen's, 'Dulce et decorum est' convey entirely contrasting opinions and perceptions of war. These opposing attitudes to warfare are as a consequence of both each poet's experience of war and the purposes of the poems. The purpose of Lord Tennyson's, 'Charge of the Light Brigade' was to generate propaganda and to boost the countries moral whereas Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et decorum est' was to merely reveal the gruesome and unnecessary nature of war. These contrasting opinions are as a result of their personal experience of war; as Lord Tennyson experienced warfare as s result of reading a newspaper article, his interpretation of war would reflect the overall outcome of the situation and how each country performed as a unit. This is entirely contrasting to Wilfred Owen as he was in the frontline and physically experienced war; therefore, his interpretation of war is more focused on both the necessity of warfare and on individual suffering. ...read more.

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This solid and regimented form creates an impression of the army as also being very structured, orderly and organised, very quick, prompt and decisive with their actions. The form of Lord Tennyson's, 'Charge of the Light Brigade' differs to Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et decorum est'. As 'Charge of the Light Brigade is structured with a particular rhyming scheme so is 'Dulce et decorum est', however, particular words and phrases are not repeated throughout the poem. In addition, the pace of the language Owen uses is continuously varied. Lethargic language such as ..................... ....................................................................................., is applied. The application of assonance slows down the pace of the language and the use of commas prolongs the next word. The slow pace of the language emulates the soldier's sluggish and slothful movement. The language therefore increases in pace when there is a sudden urgency and shouts call 'GAS, gas quick boys!' The language has suddenly been quickened as the soldiers have been filled with adrenaline and they have become more active and aware of their surroundings. ...read more.

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Owen attempts to persuade the reader through the extremity of violent and brutal imagery incorporated in the poem to tell their children the reality of war and the extreme consequences in holds. Owen applies gruesome, ghastly and horrific imagery in attempt to construct an image similar to what he had experienced at war. He uses a variation of techniques to enhance and emphasis the reality of death. He describes a death and illustrates how the victim of war was, whist floundering in a 'green sea'. This horrendous and explicit imagery shows the brutality of war. The hard consonant sounds intensifies the atmosphere. In addition, the imagery of a man drowning and floundering in green sea is actually representing a man consumed and overwhelmed in a gas attack. All the imagery used by Owen represents the horrid and loathsome affects of war which is totally contrasting to Tennyson as he concentrates on the certain victorious aspects of the Crimiam war. As Tennyson attempts to create propaganda he uses very positive and encouraging imagery, he carefully selects certain information and manipulates the truth to present a victorious and triumphant reflection of the disaster. ...read more.

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