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Compare and contrast The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy and the The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Compare and contrast 'The Man He Killed' by Thomas Hardy and the 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Many poets have chosen to write on controversial topic of war. Some are in favour of it and some are strongly apposed to it. Poets often choose to write about war to show the true human suffering that goes on. A good example of a poem that shows the pointlessness and sadness of war is 'The Man He Killed' by Thomas Hardy. On the other hand, other poets have a patriotic view of war and like to show that dying for your country is honourable. A poem that celebrates soldiers' bravery in battle but also shows horror of war is Tennyson's poem 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade'. It is interesting to compare the difference in the poets' approaches. 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' describes a disastrous cavalry charge that took place during the Battle of Balaclava. It was based on the war known as Eastern War in Russia or in UK it is known as Crimean war, which took place between 1853 till 1856. Britain and France were together and they were both fighting Russia. He was the Poet Laureate. This meant that he wrote poems celebrating occasions of national importance and honouring the royal family. His poem dealt with a range of themes. ...read more.

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This shows that no one in the cavalry doubted and obeyed the orders despite it being a military blunder. He is trying to say was there a man in doubt but still look at what he did. In Contrast 'The Man He Killed' does not use imagery. Thomas Hardy wants to give the reader the impression that the foot soldier is a very simple person that has a lack of education and unprepared for the experience of war. We get the sense that the foot solider is very poor and has only joined the army for the money as he did not have anything else to sell. 'Was out of work- had sold his traps, just as I ' this shows that the foot solider presumes that the person he was facing on the opposite side was like him, out of work and he had sold all his belongings so this was not his choice but he was forced to join the war because of his circumstances. The poet feels sympathy for the speaker. 'The Man He Killed' is a dramatic monologue. The poem has 5 stanzas. The 3rd line tends to be longer than the rest, except for the 2nd stanza. Each stanza has 4 lines, each which give it a sense of regularity. In each stanza the first and the third line rhyme and the second and fourth line rhyme. ...read more.

Conclusion

This gives powerful images and violent verbs are used in our final stanza having getting the reader's emotions. The reader becomes involved in the poem in the final stanza, as we are addressed directly: 'Honour the charge they made'. The first theme in 'The Man He Killed' is war but the other one is brotherhood. After reflecting about the actions on the battlefield the speaker must deal with the nature of warfare. After settling his argument on why he killed the man, the stanza ends with the word 'although', indicating that there is more to be considered. He goes on in the next stanza to imagine how he and his victim are alike. But, perhaps because he is a simple countryman, and even though he realizes the man he killed was as human as himself, he cannot see the logical implications. The futility of this response is evident by the effort the speaker must make to reassure himself that he was justified in killing the enemy solider. Although he is relieved to find an explanation that seems to settle moral dilemma, doubts continues to trouble him: 'Just so-my foe of course he was; That's clear enough; although'. I prefer the poem 'The Charge of The Light Bridge' because the point, which the poem is about that is exactly what I think about war. I believe that soldiers dying in a War should be honour and should never be forgotten. On the other hand we should also feel sorry for the loss of lives in a war. But that's how the thinks work. ...read more.

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