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With reference to the poems 'Charge Of The Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson and 'Disabled' by Wilfred Owen, Do you agree with the following comment: "War poetry can celebrate or condemn conflict."

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With reference to the poems 'Charge Of The Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson and 'Disabled' by Wilfred Owen, Do you agree with the following comment: "War poetry can celebrate or condemn conflict." Wilfred Owen was born in England in 1893. At the onset of World War One, Owen was teaching in America. In 1915, upon visiting a military hospital, Owen resolved to return to England and enlist in the war. Owen was sent home for shell-shock in 1917. He would return to the front almost a year later, but not before meeting Siegfried Sassoon, a critic of the war who encouraged Owen to write in poetic form the atrocities he had witnessed. Between the time Owen was sent home and his death fifteen months later, he wrote the most of the poems for which he is now famous. One week before Armistice was declared, Wilfred Owen was killed in a German machine-gun attack. Owen is renown for the realism in his poetry. Owen avoided a bitter or sarcastic approach and never wrote in a cynical tone. His war poems are quite bleak and devoid of hope, in contrast to Tennyson's poems. Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born on August 5, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire. His father, George Clayton Tennyson, a clergyman and rector, suffered from depression and was notoriously absentminded. ...read more.

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He shows us how this man lost everything because he thought he would impress the girls if he signed up to go to war. Something which these two poems have in common is that the men in both poems suffered greatly for something that was done on a whim. The techniques that Tennyson and Owen use are quite different, in 'Disabled' there seems to be no real rhyming pattern, in the first stanza the first and the third line rhyme and the second and fifth line rhyme, this same pattern is followed in the third stanza, but in the second stanza the pattern is broken, the second and the fourth lines rhyme as do the third and the fifth lines, from the fourth stanza onwards there is no real pattern, this is effective as the poem is meant to be sad as the man's life now has little structure, we can see this as at the end of the poem he is waiting to go to bed and he says: "Why don't they come and put him to bed? Why don't they come?" this also shows us how he is totally reliant on others In 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' we have the odd rhyming couplet but there is no real rhyming pattern, despite this we still we still get a real sense of rhythm from Tennyson's poem as it is supposed to build excitement this could ...read more.

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Another effect that Owen uses in his poem is repetition, such as "How could and late it is! Why don't they come and put him to bed? why don't they come?" this repetition empathises how helpless this man is and whereas he used to be a hero, he is now a cripple, who relies on others to help him with the simplest of tasks, such as getting into bed. In 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' there is a lot of imagery "Half a league onwards, All in the valley of death", this gives us an image of danger and destruction One thing that the two poems have in common is that the end result is not happy, in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade" the soldiers died, which concludes the excitement in the poem. In 'Disabled' the man did not die but instead had to live with a disability which could be even worse than dieing. Looking at these two poems in detail, I can conclude that I do agree with the comment, "War poetry can celebrate or condemn conflict", as the poem, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' certainly celebrates conflict and the poem 'Disabled' condemns conflict, so this comment is true for the two particular poems that I have looked at. ?? ?? ?? ?? Natalie Crouchley ...read more.

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