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War Poetry.

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About the authors Owen was born in Oswestry (U K) in 1893. He was an English language teacher at Berlitz School of languages Bordeaux France. He enlisted in the armed forces in 1915 and was sent to France in 1916/17. He was killed November 4th 1918, one week before the armistice was signed. Alfred Tennyson was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, on Aug. 6, 1809, the fourth of 12 children. His grandfather was a Member of Parliament. His father, the Reverend George Clayton Tennyson, was the rector of a Somersby parish. At the age of 12 young Tennyson wrote a 6,000-line epic. Tennyson was named poet laureate in 1850. As poet laureate he wrote some memorable poems for special occasions including 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. Dulce et Decorum est et Decorum est is a poem condemning war. It is a sad depressing poem showing the harsh realities of war and how anyone can die. The poem describes world war one soldiers returning from battle. They are tired and exhausted with inferior clothing which is ragged and worn. ...read more.


".... Shot and shell, .... Rode and well, .... Jaws of death, .... Mouthy of hell" Tennyson reverts to the original rhyming three lines in a row at the start of the 4th stanza. He then changes again to a different rhyming style in the forth stanza. " .... Battery smoke, .... Broke, .... And Russian .... Sabre-stroke." Tennyson switches rhyming style twice in the forth stanza. Tennyson changes rhyming style again in the fifth stanza but again choosing to rhyme the end of lines " ... shot and shell, .... Hero fell .... Thought so well, .... Jaws of death, ..../ mouth of hell." Tennyson only makes one more rhyming change. At the start and end of the sixth stanza he rhymes two consecutive line endings then he skips two lines and rhymes a second pair ".... Glory fade, .... The made, .... Wondered, .... The made, .... Light Brigade, .... 6 hundred. Tennyson does not describe or name the 'valley of death' he simply refers to it as the 'valley of death' or the 'mouth of hell.' Tennyson is not very descriptive in his writing. ...read more.


Also the image of the soldiers 'coughing like hags' really makes us realise how exhausted the soldiers are. Again in Owens poem we are not given a location or a description of the scenery. In the poem Owen describes tired, exhausted soldiers being suddenly bombed and one of the soldiers being killed by the gas. Owens use of the Latin 'Dulce et Decorum est et Decorum est pro Patria Mori' at the end of the poem is Owens attempt at sarcasm, translated it means 'it is a sweet and fitting thing to die for ones country.' Owen does not really mean this he is drawing on his own experiences of war and being sarcastic. Owen uses similes and metaphors in his poem. The metaphors 'obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud' suggest that what he has witnessed was the vilest thing on earth. Owens poem is much more about the seriousness of war and how war is not heroic and glamorous but that it is cruel and heart breaking. Tennyson's poem tries to display the heroes of war and their undying effort and bravery in the face of danger. Both poems show the brutality of wear and the meaningless death. ...read more.

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