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The poems I refer to are "the charge of the light brigade" by Alfred, lord Tennyson relating to the Crimean war (1854) and "Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen relating to the first world war (1916).

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Poetry In the comparison that follows, two poems about war have been selected. While the poems offer us an insight into the poet's interpretation of war, it must be noted that a true comparison cannot be made, as the poems relate to different wars occurring in different centuries. The poems I refer to are "the charge of the light brigade" by Alfred, lord Tennyson relating to the Crimean war (1854) and "Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen relating to the first world war (1916). The charge of the light brigade glorifies war with its overtones of heroism, bravery and unquestionable discipline. While in contrast Dulce Et Decorum Est demonises war conjuring up the true depravity and horror injured by the combatants The charge of the light brigade, even the title sounds heroic, "all in the valley of death rode the six hundred". ...read more.

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The poet speaks of glory, honour and the "noble six hundred" as if they were all heroes rather than men engaged in a brutal at which they had no part in instigating. The poem at no time refers to injuries, the deaths that occurred, the men that where shot down, hacked to pieces. No mention of the horror of war for lord Tennyson, which is in complete contrast to Wilfred Owen and his description of the horrors of war. Dulce et decorum Est, hits you in the face with an explosion of imagery and all its real, solid, gory detail. This is war in your face as it where. The men described here are not heroes fighting a quest of good over evil but merely men weary and broken by the inhumanity of war, "bent double", "old beggars", "knock-Kneed coughing like hags". ...read more.

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Is in complete contrast to the heroic return of the remains of the six hundred in the charge of the light brigade. Owens's poem takes you on roller coaster of emotions through the action of war from tired men trooping along to the panic and activity of an attack and the final bitter revelation of the outcome. The comparison between the two poems is rather difficult to put into words. In the Crimean war of lord Tennyson's poem press coverage was in its infancy with its emphasis on heroic deeds and victory in the face off overwhelming odds while in Owens's first world war poem reporting was more up to date and the true horrors of war where relayed home. While Tennyson poem is a rousing, glorifying boys story of a poem I much prefer the reality and honesty of Wilfred Owen, as his poem bares statement to what war really is and the effects it can have on those participate. ...read more.

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