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The Charge Of The Light Brigade and Dulce Et Decorum Est

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War Poetry This essay is about two war poems. The Charge Of The Light Brigade and Dulce Et Decorum Est. The first poem is set during the Crimean war, and the second is set during world war one. I will explore the portrayal of war from both these poems in detail, and I will expose the differences. The Charge Of The Light Brigade is set in the 1850s. War was fought on horseback with rifles and sabres in that time period. It tells the story of a brigade of soldiers who rode on horseback into the valley of death, obeying a command to charge on an enemy that had been stealing their guns. When the 600 arrived in the valley they rushed toward the enemy and well over 100 died within a few minutes. There had been a terrible mistake (someone had blundered) and they had charged in the wrong direction. The attitude towards war at the time of writing (1854) was unrealistic. They glorified war and made it sound romantic. The soldiers didn't think about war they thought it was their duty, - Theirs is not to reason why theirs is but to do and die. Tennyson's role is really just to document events; we will see later what Wilfred Owen has to say. These attitudes are false, because when the survivors got home they were jobless and some even homeless, hardly a heroes welcome. ...read more.


And sometimes missing a line - Boldly they rode and well, into the jaws of death, and into the mouth of hell. The rhythm in the poem in definitely regular (dactylic). I think Tennyson used the regular rhythm to match the type of war it was, -galloping horses go arm in arm with the rhythm. He also uses metaphors all the way through the poem. All in the valley of death and Into the mouth of hell. He uses these metaphors to make the war sound worse and the men sound braver. Into the mouth of hell, has more of an affect than up to the other soldiers in a field. The poem was a run of the mill (from that time) poem. It was mainly propaganda. And had no impact on me at all. Dulce Et Decorum Est is set during the 1st world war. This war was fought on many fronts; this poem focuses on the trenches. There was artillery firing for 48 hours at times. They used machine guns, gas attacks and air strikes. This war was far more advanced than The Charge Of The Light Brigade. The attitudes towards war at this time were much more realistic than those in the other poem. There were graphic descriptions limpal on blood shod and froth corrupted lungs. As Owen was actually at war he had first hand experience and much more emotion was involved. ...read more.


then speeding up(gas, gas). But in The Charge Of The Light Brigade there is a regular rhythm (horses galloping). In both poems the commands are spoken by a person - gas, gas quick boys and Forward the light brigade. One other similarity is that they both compare war to other things (simile) - mouth of hell and Devil sick of sin. This poem's impact on me was very real. It made me think of relatives who had fought in that type of war. It made me hope that a war on that scale never happens again. It also genuinely shocked me. Wilfred Owen told the truth and it was not nice. So Alfred Tennyson's poem was about war. He was saying war is glorious and the most honourable thing to do. While Wilfred Owen was telling of the horror and the mental struggle he went through. The 1st poem was strong, and sounded almost like a war chant. And the 2nd poem was like a person wrote it when they were crying, it was slow and meaningful. They made me think that war was horrible. Tennyson had to lie about war to get people to fight in one, and Owen was just blatant. I preferred Owen's poem because it was more real. Tennyson's poem was too much like propaganda, - he wasn't even there. Owen's poem was a personal account on what happened to him. That is more satisfying to read than what Tennyson had to offer. ...read more.

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