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Compare and contrast at least one post 1914 war poem with charge of the light brigade by Lord Tennyson

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Compare and contrast at least one post 1914 war poem with Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Tennyson, focus on different views of war and how they are conveyed The poems that I will look at are: "Dulce et Decorum Est" by W. Owen and "The charge of the light brigade" by A. Tennyson. These two poems show two completely different views on war, the first is a view showing glory and honour therefore the glory of war and the other view looks at the suffering and dying, basically the reality of war. I will talk about movement, imagery and techniques used by the authors and look at the views the poems have. The opening line in "Dulce..." is already a negative one; "Bent double, like old beggars", as the opening line, this has already created an image in my head as a reader of these soldiers that are tired and not like you would normally imagine a soldier to be like, this is looking into the suffering of the soldiers; you can tell by the language used, "Bent double". In contrast to this, the first mention of movement in "The Charge..." ...read more.

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is the following: "Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred." This quote is saying how the army are riding to their death however nothing is said about the soldiers, I feel the author has made the soldiers look brave; I also think Tennyson has put a capital D on "Death" to personify it which is a technique that Tennyson often uses to glorify war. This next quote just after a gas bomb has dropped and shows just how desperate these men are to stay alive; "An ecstasy of fumbling" the keyword here is "ecstasy", these men are so frightened of the gas they are desperate to get the masks on to save themselves, so desperate, they are almost clumsy with the masks. From "The Charge..." Tennyson uses a lot of personification to create images in a readers head. "Into the jaws of Death" and "Into the mouth of Hell", Tennyson cleverly uses this personification to make the soldiers seem brave. The final point looking at imagery used in "Dulce..." is the description of a soldier after his fellow soldiers "flung" him, "Watch the white eyes writhing in his face." ...read more.

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Tennyson also uses alliteration, "Shot and shell", "Shatter'd and Sunder'd" I feel that this is used to speed up the poem and glorify the men. Another line I noticed in "The Charge..." was the following; "Not the six hundred" It's on its own which means that Tennyson wanted it to seem more important and considering he has spent most of the poem saying;"Rode the Six hundred" It is a complete contrast to before and obviously means soldiers have died but he makes this look like a positive thing; "When can their glory fade?" He is saying they died as heroes and describes was as positive however as Tennyson never went to war he has no write to say this. So after looking at movement, imagery and techniques used in these poems I think "Dulce" is looking at war in a negative way even by looking at the title "Dulce et decorum est" it's saying how sweet and fitting it is, obviously sarcastic. "The Charge..." however is looking at the war positively but I feel the main reason for this is because Tennyson had never been in the war meaning he didn't know what it was like. Word Count: 1507 [Type the document title] [Pick the date] Mrs Doolan Clevedon Community School ...read more.

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