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The Charge of the Light Brigade War poetry is a theme that has inspired many poets. Compare and contrast poems by 2 poets from different eras and cultures. Say which one you prefer and why. The two poems and the poets that I am going to look at are The Charge of the Light Brigade written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Dulce ET Decorum Est. Pro Patria Mori by Wilfred Owen. The first poem was written during the reign of Queen Victoria in England. During this time the Victorians as the people were called had a very religious outlook on life. The account was written by the poet because it was such a bad battle that the government couldn't let the people see that it had made a great mistake and so it commissioned Tennyson to write the poem saying what a wonderful battle it had been. It was a cover up. The second poem was written by Wilfred Owen while he was on active service during the First World War. ...read more.


Also other words that he uses in it were 'Cannon to right of them Cannon to left of them and cannon in front of them. Also some of the words he use to describe what was happening to the solider like Boldly they rode and well into the jaws of death into the mouth of hell. This is describing that they are going to face a lot of trouble. There are also six sections to this poem. An overall description of this poem I find it hard to image it as the words he uses describe it very well so I do no really like the poem. I am now going to describe the Dulce ET Decorum EST Pro Patria Mori poem. This poem is written by Wilfred Owen who was on active service during the First World War. He was a young man and was against the terrible waste of life in the First Would War which he believed was due to bad leadership by the generals. Wilfred Owen was able to experience the war as it really was. ...read more.


Also because it is coming from some one who was in the war him self as more cornered? The differences between the two poems are that in one the poet is saying that the war could not have gone any better, and the poem is telling you that the war was the worst one ever. Also The Charge of the Light Brigade has a "galloping" rhythm all most all the way through the poem. In the Dulce ET Decorum EST Pro Patria Mori poem there is no obvious rhythm to this poem and in fact the slow pace of the poem makes us think of the soldiers trudging through the muddy trenches. One was involved in fighting but Tennyson was simply writing about an event he'd read about and was against the cruelty and waste of life war brought whereas Tennyson wanted people to feel that war was honourable worthwhile and necessary. I prefer Dulce et Decorum est. as it is more realistic and makes me feel sorry for the men in the poem. Tennyson poem does not give a true account of the war. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chad Bennett 12-L ...read more.

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