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'Writing to review, analyse and comment a comparison of pre - C20 and War Poetry'I have decided to compare two poems: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Tennyson and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen.

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English GCSE Coursework English/Literature Richard Gravells 'Writing to review, analyse and comment a comparison of pre - C20 and War Poetry' I have decided to compare two poems: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Tennyson and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen. These two poems both consist of a war theme, with victims involved that give accounts on their experiences. War in general is wrong and can always be avoided by some method. War is almost always started on a racial concept because all the wars that have gone by in recent years had always had one religion in general versus another. A good example of this is the problem in Northern Ireland with the Christian faith. This is a conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants on who is dominant in Northern Ireland. This feud has gone on for decades with acts of terrorism only a few years back. The first poem that I am going to write about is 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', by Alfred Tennyson. This poem is about the Crimean war in 1864 in Ballaclava when the Britain's took on the Russians for a fight over land. The overall view of the poem is that it was a task required to do which required a lot of explanation that was passed on with a simple non-detailed sentence. The first verse of the poem is when the Light Brigade is walking, just before they are about to charge. This verse has repetition and rhyme creating the feel of horses galloping onwards with their pace, like the poem. The first two lines of the poem show this as an example - "Half a league, half a league, half a league onward". When the order came through by the General "Forward the Light brigade", and on this order the Light Brigade charged. Alfred Tennyson must have used this direct order in the poem because he wanted to show immediately that 'charge' wasn't the correct order, he just reinacted what actually happened with his poetry. ...read more.

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This is a compliment to the light brigade by Tennyson because instead of thinking about the odds of them winning which were pretty slim - they pushed it aside and fought bravely for their country as anyone in that century would. The language used in this verse is very complimentary because the Light Brigade are being honoured for their bravery and still gives the image that they are heroes although it might have been doubted in the blundered order. The Light Brigade are described as heroes, although they are retreating it is because of how brave they are and what dedication they give to their country when their country needs them in time of crisis. This verse makes me have more respect towards the Light Brigade because in a no win situation I haven't seen or heard anyone fight as bravely as the Light Brigade did. Tennyson finally emphasises his message in the final verse. This verse has a slower pace to the other ones that were at the start because it is slowing right down with the pace of the lyrics. Where it said, "When can their glory fade", Tennyson is using this metoical question to ask the reader if it remains in their opinion if they are still heroes or not. In my opinion I didn't think they were stupid to charge into a no win situation but should be praised for their courage in battle. The three most convincing lines that tells us to honour these men are, "honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, noble six hundred". Tennyson is now deeply complimenting the Light Brigade in saying how glorious they are. Tennyson also commands the reader to honour the men of the Light Brigade because of the noble task they did of fighting for country they should be honoured for bravery, nobility and praised for their efforts for their homeland. ...read more.

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This verse makes me feel sick because with such a powerful description of how the corps was described, I would have hated to have taken it away. Owen's message is that it is a lie - 'Dulce et Decorum Est', in English this means to die for your country sweet. This is wrong because dying for your country doesn't do anything for your country, because you are just another number being shipped out to defend your country, for what!, nothing. Owen shows us that in his horrific description that it isn't sweet because with his first hand experience it would have been in my opinion worse than hell. Wilfred Owen indeed served in the trenches in the First World War and survived all four years except of the few days he was killed at the brink of the war ending. 'Dulce et Decorum Est' is his experience of trench life. In the end The First World War was about two sides fighting over land and, with losses in the millions range, was it worth it to fight over a few miles of land?. Men wanted the images of a hero by serving in this war but all they got from it was a crippling from what they may never recover. With each poem they all had strong images of war tattooed into them. In the charge of the Light Brigade it has a positive view of war at the start but in the end it has a negative view. This is because of the number of men that were lost in a no win situation but who are still honoured for their brave efforts. In 'Dulce et Decorum Est' it gives a supposed positive image of war but is a negative of dying for your country. War is only started on racial grounds and can only be avoided if society could push the violence of war aside and could be grown up and negate like civilised people. - 1 - ...read more.

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