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In this essay I will compare and contrast Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Green Beret by Ho Thien. These two poems both deal with the subject of war and death.

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Charge of the Light Brigade Vs Green Beret In this essay I will compare and contrast Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Green Beret by Ho Thien. These two poems both deal with the subject of war and death. The Charge of the Light Brigade is about an army of six hundred men on horseback going into war without a say on whether they want to or not. The poem is structured into six stanzas and the rhyming scheme is A,B,C,B,D,E,C,B. Someone in charge had " blunder'd " and called out orders for six hundred British Calvary to storm a full Russian battalion Suddenly they were surrounded; " Cannon to the right of them" " Cannon to the left of them" ...read more.

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In contrast, Green Beret is a narrative poem which is all about a twelve year Vietnamese boy having to make a choice between his father's life and that of the Vietcong. It is a loosely structured poem divided into three stanzas of varying lengths. The poem is also written in free verse. Green Beret threatens to kill the boy's father if he does not say where the Vietcong are; "you've got one minute kid" shouted Green Beret. That is one minute to tell where the Vietcong are or his father gets shot. The boy does not say a word by the time that was requested by green beret so he ordered the boy's father to get shot. ...read more.

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Green Berets' use of direct speech and its narrative structure produce a very focused poem. It is direct and hard hitting, unlike Tennyson's, which is more romantic, honourable view of war. There are a few similarities and differences throughout both poems one of them is Charge of The Light Brigade and Green Beret are both set in a war. Green Beret is set is the Vietnam War and, Charge is set in the Crimean War. The boy in Green Beret and the six hundred cavalry in Charge of The Light Brigade were all patriotic. The soldiers in Charge went into war without even questioning their actions. "Theirs not to reason why, Theirs not to do and die" Both examine just how tragic war can be and no matter how many die, war is an awful price to pay. ...read more.

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