• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison essays

  1. Comparing Charge of The light Brigade and Exposure.

    I think that Owen was trying to describe the bleakness and the death that reigned during war; that snow brought death which was written as black snow. Also that grey is a dull colour which could show that nothing was happening and that the soldiers were just stood their shivering and slowly dying.

  2. Compare and contrast the poems Strange Meeting, by Wilfred Owen and I Have A ...

    blossoms fill the air, I have a rendezvous with death, When Spring brings back blue days and fair."

  1. In this essay I will be dealing with two poems. The Richest Poor ...

    St Jerome in many biblical images is seen around animals. The cats believe Buffalo Jenkyn is a Saint maybe because of the way he treats and looks after them and other living creatures. Something that really interests me is how the names of three holy books are all on one line " Bible, Koran, Bhagavad-Gita ".

  2. How does Tennyson show his attitudes towards war, society and soldiers in his poem, ...

    this shows Tennyson's attitudes towards high ranking officers and how he thought that the soldiers were forced in to death defying tasks without any argument back. The stanza ends with the line, "rode the six hundred" it was repeated in the middle of stanza one, but at the end it

  1. Compare and contrast the poets' attitude and presentation of the war in 'The man ...

    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. Most of his poems celebrated war and shows in the whole slew of poems (The Charge of the light brigade is one of them)

  2. Comparison Essay between "Out-Out" and "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen and Robert Frost.

    as heartfelt as if they were cheering when someone scored a goal in football. ?Now, he will spend a few sick years in Institutes? supports my point further as it almost displays how there was almost a routine managing of these returned soldiers and how people thought that they were

  1. Compare and contrast the different moods and themes created in Out, Out-and Disabled

    vivid imagery that enables us to feel the events occurring and to comprehend all of the emotions and sensory overload in the scene, and thus we suffer along with the child as well. Some foreshadowing of his death is evident in the repetition of ?snarled and rattled? hinting at the

  2. Compare the ways in which Owen and Frost present youth in disabled and Out, ...

    In ?Out, Out-? the boy?s family knows what work he is doing, it shows how insignificant elderly people think youth are.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work