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Judging from these two poems, would you prefer to have been a soldier serving in The Light Brigade during the illustrious charge during the Crimean War, or a soldier in the trenches during the First World War. Show how the information, details and style o

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Laura Baker Judging from these two poems, would you prefer to have been a soldier serving in The Light Brigade during the illustrious charge during the Crimean War, or a soldier in the trenches during the First World War. Show how the information, details and style of each poem have influenced your choice. Wilfred Owen wrote 'Dulce et Decorum Est' from personal experience whereas Alfred Lord Tennysons' poem, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' was based on a newspaper report that he had read, it celebrates the courage of the soldiers and their bravery despite the danger that they faced. Owens' poem is a very much anti-war, protest poem about the unglamour of war and his dislike of propaganda being used to suade the public. Owen presents the horror of senseless death in the trenches. Owens' poem may have been written to challenge Tennysons' rousing and jingoistic sentiments and other patriotic poems written at that time. Tennyson was a civilian poet as opposed to a soldier poet like Owen, he had not been an eyewitness to the battle that he describes. There is a distinct contrast between the two poems. In the opening verse you get a very different image of the soldiers than what you would expect from the title. ...read more.

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Owen unforgettably describes the unbearable face of the tortured young man, '...white eyes writhing in his face. His hanging face, like a devils sick of sin.' He describes the young mans' choking, 'obscene as cancer', '...the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.' The reader can imagine the soldier's life flickering away in front of them and not being able to help. During the mans'fatality, the poem makes it feel like you are reliving the torture and feeling how the soldier felt before his death. The poem has a profound effect on the reader, every line is unique, distinct and memorable. In contrast to 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which celebrates and admires the bravery of the young men in the battle. The poem is upbeat and positive, it's persuasive rhythm echoes that of the galloping horses and the disciplined formation of the soldiers. It begins in the midst of the action, 'Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward.' Tennyson creates a vivid impression of the bravery of the soldiers with many 'action verbs', 'Flash'd all their sabres bare, Flash'd as they turn'd in air, Sabring the gunners there.' He uses noble sounding euphemisms like 'the valley of Death', 'the jaws of Death', 'the mouth of Hell' to describe the fate that awaits soldiers. ...read more.

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Tennyson makes the reader admire the soldiers' courageous efforts, then rhetorical questions in the verse increase the bravery of the soldiers and make us respect them more. 'When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! All the world wondered. Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!' Judging from the poems I would not have wanted to serve in either the Light Brigade or the First World War because both ended in loss of life. If forced to choose I would have preferred to serve in the trenches in the First World War. My efforts in the Light Brigade would have been in vain and would have had no effect on the outcome of the Crimean War. Whereas in the First World War my labours may have helped win the war. I would have been doing duty to my country. The 'Charge of the Light Brigade' would have been influential to the publics' already glorified opinion of war, heightening the effect of propaganda. The public would not gain anything from this poem except false pretences. Although, 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is blatant, it is realistic and paints a picture of the unglamour of war. It is a contrast to the traditional attitude of seeing war as glorious. The poem is more truthful and Owen conveys this by making the poem personal, ' I saw him drowning,' in contrast to Tennysons' impersonal 'six hundred.' ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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