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The differences and similarities between "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen and "The Charge of the Light brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

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Comparisons Essay In class we have been studying a number of different poems based on war. We looked closely at two in particular, they are "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen and "The Charge of the Light brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson. I am basing this essay on the differences and similarities between the two poems. The both poems are based on war and try to paint a picture of what war is actually like. The historical background for "The Charge of the Light Brigade" was that is was a real battle. It was a Crimean war, which started in October 1854. This particular battle is known for being due to a mistake. An order for the battle to commence was given by mistake. During this battle bombs or being fired at killed one third of the soldiers. Also horses were killed or injured alongside the soldiers riding on them. This battle was fought by a cavalry troop. The historical background of "Dulce et Decorum Est" is that it was also based on a real war. It was written during 1914-1918, which was around the time period of World War One. The conditions during this war were terrible. Troops fought from trenches that were; muddy, smelt, full of smoke. There were constant loud noises and people dying everywhere tragically. Some words used in this poem to describe these conditions were "cursed through sludge", "hoots of gas shells" and "men marched asleep". ...read more.

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They are always very energetic and enthusiastic towards any and everything they do. The description of the soldier's physical state in "Dulce et Decorum Est" is given to the reader through graphic description. It describes the soldiers as "old beggars under sacks". This tells us the soldiers are scruffy, dirty and their clothes might be torn. They are very tired so they are bent over and can barely stand up. Also they are starting to loose grip of their senses "helpless sight" also they cannot hear properly because all the noise "deaf even to the hoots" they get very frustrated from this. Also they are getting frustrated because the fact that they are so tired means they cannot do there best job. Even though they are trying their hardest to move they cannot and are not getting anywhere, their destination never seems to become closer, the thought of rest to the soldiers is unbelievable "distant rest we trudge". There is progression of the action and there are changes in mood and pace in "The Charge of the Light Brigade" the pace of the poem echo's this. The poems pace starts off really quickly "half a league, half a league" then gradually speeds up and gets more exciting. It suddenly stops for a reflective moment in verse 2 to make the reader think about everything that's happened. ...read more.

Conclusion

It then changes again to annoyance and he challenges us by asking questions. He lets us know he's in charge and tries to make us think that everything he is right. Throwing the reader straight into the action creates the organisation of persuasive argument in "The Charge of the Light Brigade." He then makes us think by reflecting back on the war and what happened to the soldiers and how they must have felt. The poem ends clearly by giving us direction as to what the reader must think. He praises the soldiers because he wants you to think positively about them and respect them for what they did for their country. The organisation of persuasive argument in "Dulce et Decorum Est" is created differently by moving gently into the action. In stanza two he suddenly picks up speed by introducing direct speech. He makes you feel shocked and disgusted because of the graphic description of the soldiers' physical state. He does this by using strong and ugly words. The poem ends by blaming the reader for what the soldiers went through. This poem also ends telling us what to do and think about the war. He makes out that if you do not listen to him and agree with him, you are part of the problem concerning that particular war. ...read more.

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