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Compare and contrast Charge of The Light Brigade(TM) and Dulce et Decorum Est(TM)

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  • Submitted: 26/02/2009
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GCSE Comparing poems

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Iestyn Evans

English Coursework

Compare and contrast 'Charge of The Light Brigade' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

In this essay, I shall be comparing two poems namely 'Charge of The Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and 'Dulce et decorum est.' by Wilfred Owen. Wilfred Owen was actually a soldier in the war, whereas Alfred, Lord Tennyson had no experience of the battle itself and only wrote the poem based upon the second hand evidence that he either read or heard.

'Charge of The Light Brigade' delivers a strong message base on the theme of the war. The poem gives the impression that war is a glorious and noble act and consists of phrases such as 'When can their glory fade?', 'Honour the charge they made!' and 'The Noble Six Hundred'. This shows that in Alfred Lord Tennyson's opinion it is noble and glorious act to fight and die for one's country.

Alternatively, Wilfred Owens's poem has a far more negative outlook on war. Contrary to Tennyson's noble and proud view of war Owen believes that dying in a war s a horrible, bitter death especially when such an end is as

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