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From looking at ‘Dirge of the dead sisters’ and ‘Charge of the light brigade’ make comparisons and show the differences between the two.

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English Jessica Eleini From looking at 'Dirge of the dead sisters' and 'Charge of the light brigade' make comparisons and show the differences between the two. Although both 'Dirge of the dead sisters� and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade� are about battle and the death of soldiers, they portray the experience of war in different ways. Tennyson�s poem, 'Charge of the light brigade' celebrates the glory of war, despite the fact that, because of an error of judgment 'someone had blundered�, six hundred soldiers were sent to their deaths. Kiplings poem, on the other hand, is about the opposite of the stereotypical type of war. It's about the nurses who he felt needed the most praise. Tennyson�s poem is a celebration of the bravery of the six hundred British troops who went into battle against all odds, even though they knew that they would be killed. The poem starts in the middle of the action. ...read more.


Kipling, however, is asking us to 'recall the twilight' and the 'dust' upon the nurses hair. He is not glorifying the soldiers, as Tennyson does, but he is glorifying the nurses and their bravery throughout the constant threat of disease and death that the nurses had to endure. He constantly reminds us to 'recall', but actually nobody does remember the nurses. The two writers, Kipling and Tennyson try to make their poems as realistic as possible and as convincing as possible. Tennyson tries to do this by showing elements of discipline as I said earlier. This discipline and obedience brings the poem to a sensible, down-to -earth level, making it more feasible and convincing. However, at the same instance, it implies that the soldiers are very heroic, as they are prepared to die even though they don't know what for and yet the 'sisters' are brought to life in the more normal way, 'clink of iron tea cups' A heroic scene is also created in 'Charge of the light brigade' when the general says: 'forward the Light Brigade! ...read more.


The second rhetorical question is 'When can their glory fade?' This indicates that they will always be heroes, and that their charge was brave and noble. This is one point where the two poems share yet another comparison. They both have rhetorical questions to convey the bravery and heroism of the nurses and the soldiers and makes you recognize them for not who they are and what gender they are but more for what they did for us and other people. 'Who recalls the noontide?' (Dirge of the dead sisters). Tennyson's poem ends: 'Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred'. Tennyson feels that the charge of the Light Brigade was noble and brave, not stupid. We can clearly see his quixotic, glorious view of war epitomized here. In 'Dirge of the dead sisters' Kipling leaves it with 'little wasted bodies, ah, so light to lower down'. This is ironic because seeming as it's a tribute poem, one would've thought it would have a glorious ending but instead, implies that the nurses bodies are dead, useless, wasted , and of no more use. ...read more.

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