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Lord Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” And Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce Et Decorum Est” Comparisons And Contrasts On How The Two Poems Present The Theme Of War

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Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" And Wilfred Owen's "Dulce Et Decorum Est" Comparisons And Contrasts On How The Two Poems Present The Theme Of War Both poems, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Dulce Et Decorum Est', present the poet's response to the theme of war. Both poets reflect on war at the time of which their poems were written and the position they had during the time of the war. Although both 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' are about battle and the death of soldiers, they portray the experience of war in different ways. As Tennyson's poem honours and condones war, Owen's poem is very different, as it is condemns and give a view of pain and disgrace towards war. Tennyson's poem celebrates the glory of war, despite the fact that, because of an error of judgement - "Someone had blundered", six hundred soldiers were sent to their death. Owen's poem, on the other hand, might almost have been written as a disagreement to Tennyson's inspiring and patriotic attitude towards war. He presents the horror of senseless death in the trenches and shows us how the famous line from the Roman poet Horace, "dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"- it is sweet and becoming to die for your country, is a lie. ...read more.

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Tennyson celebrates the ideal of absolute obedience of the soldiers in the face of death: "Their's not to make reply, their's not to reason why, their's but to do and die". While Tennyson's soldiers seem organised and strictly obedient, Owen presents the reader with a different picture of soldiers with details of what people looked like and how they felt: "Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots but limped on, blood-shod." The men are not really marching (if they are it is a death march). These men are so tired that they are like old women and beggars floundering through the mud. They are the opposite of Tennyson's "Noble six hundred". In the final stanza of Tennyson's poem, he creates a sense of the immortality of the soldiers' bravery with a rhetorical question and commands: "When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! ... Honour the charge they made, honour the Light Brigade, noble six hundred!". The repetition of "the six hundred" at the end of each stanza of the poem reminds the reader of the enormous loss of life, but at the end of the poem they have became the "Noble six hundred" and are celebrated as heroes. As Tennyson presents the soldiers as noble and glorious, Owen's picture is not glorious at all and the very first line would shock people at in their homeland who imagined the men nobly charging forward to attack. ...read more.

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This is an opposite view to what Owen's poem "Duclce et Decorum Est" describes. Owen shows his attitude towards war by showing his pity to war by describing, in his poem, images and descriptions of the soldiers' lives during the war, facing up to death, disease and sickness. Owens warning of war is that it can cause so much emotional and mental stress on people because of what they have to go through and from seeing their friends and family in agony bleeding to death from the war's destruction. Both poem have a contrasting opinion towards war, Tennyson is praising and honouring war, while Owen's poem is showing us the gruesome reality of war. Both poems have different feelings to the main theme of the poem; in Tennyson's poem the reader feels pride and joy for the brave soldiers, while in Owen's poem the reader feels pity and feels the pain of the soldier who have to see their friends die right in front of them. In my opinion both poem give a good description of how real soldiers are; Owen shows the real conditions that the soldiers have to live through and Tennyson gives a good view on how the soldiers are rewarded for all their hard work. ?? ?? ?? ?? JEFFREY NATANAUAN 4F 4 - 5 ENGLISH COURSEWORK ...read more.

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