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Compare and contrast at least 1 pre 1914 poem with charge of the light brigade, focussing on the different attitudes towards war

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Compare and contrast at least one pre 1914 with charge of the light Brigade by Lord Tennyson, focussing on the different views of war and how they are conveyed. In this essay I am going to compare and contrast the Charge of the Light Brigade with two pre 1914 poems, but I am mainly going to use Dulche et Decorum Est. I will however refer to the poem Disabled by Wilfred Owen. I am going to start off by comparing how the authors have described the way in which the soldiers move in the face of war and the affect war has had on the body of the soldiers. Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Tennyson. In this poem Tennyson has got a very positive way towards the war. He has shown us in his writing that war is a glorious and heroic thing. He has done this in a number of ways. One of these ways is how he has spoke about how they move. In the poem he talks about how the soldiers move and the way in which they do this. In the first stanza he talks about how the men are only six hundred. He says "Rode the six hundred." He keeps referring to this line and how they where always riding. ...read more.

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He is not going to die quickly either but slow and painfully. This is telling us that the man who is dying is in great amounts of pain. This shows us Owens negative attitude towards war. Owen unlike Tennyson does not think that it is sweet and fit to die for your country. All the phrases that Owen uses are all negative and makes us picture the Front line as a horrible place to be and die. At the time the people in England did not know how much the men where suffering and how exhausted they where. The attitude towards war from Tennyson was that of glory and heroism and this is what people in England thought. As Lord Tennyson never went to war he did not know of the truth about war unlike Owen. I think this has a crucial role in the two attitudes to war. Anyone that came home from war alive was considered a Hero. This was how Tennyson saw war. But as Owen had fought on the front line he knew how bad it was. So I think this results in the two poems being very different. One describes a man who fought on the Front Line and the other a man who never went to war but sat at home in safety. ...read more.

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This tells us that Tennyson thinks of the men as brave and noble and his attitude towards war is that of a good thing. The author uses short sentences which I think is to represent the movement of horses. Each line or sentence is a horses gallop. The sentences get longer towards the end and this I think is to show that the horses are tired. Tennyson uses much more descriptive words then what are necessary. A example of this is when he says "when horse and hero fell." This line says to us that horses and the men are falling. But he uses the word hero. This shows us that Tennyson has a heroic attitude towards war and the soldiers who fight in war. The two authors both have very different attitudes towards war. Tennyson think that it is very glorious and heroic to fight for your country, and to die for your country is an honour. However Tennyson never went to war, he only wrote the poem about what he had learned through the news. So Tennyson never got the chance to see the true light and suffering of war. While Owen who had experienced war saw how horrible war was and how hard it is on the people who fight it. This is shown through the two poems, Dulche et Decorum Est and disabled and his attitude towards war is very negative. ...read more.

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