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Compare and contrast Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen and the charge of the light brigade Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Compare and contrast Dulce et decorum est by Wilfred Owen and the charge of the light brigade Alfred, lord Tennyson "Dulce et Decorum Est" and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" are both war poems. Owens's poem is about his time in war whereas, Tennyson's is him publishing his views on the war, he writes about the battle of Balaclava in the Crimean war of 1854. In this battle an order is misinterpreted and a brigade ("The Light Brigade")of six hundred men were sent to their capture enemy guns in doing so almost all of them are killed. Owen writes about a group of soldiers being gassed. Owens's is totally different to Tennyson's because he shows his complete outrage at the saying Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori-it is sweet and right to die for your country. ...read more.

Middle

Apart from two lines in the middle of the poem which stand out in particular "In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me guttering, choking, drowning" Owen has done this on purpose to tell the readers that every dream he has is of the dying man's "gutting, choking, drowning". He haunts Owen maybe even telling him to write this poem. This makes the readers feel sorry for him and believe him more so that dieing for ones country is not sweet and right. Owens's soldiers are described as tired, powerless and have low moral after returning from the front line, "Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge" decrepit old women. Owen uses sludge rather than of mud because sludge implies that it's nearly impossible to move in it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Owens language is emotional, inventive and at times repulsive. "Vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues," the reader is degusted to the limit that they agree with Owen. Another example is when he mentions "children" the reader is sickened more so because of the innocent ness of the children and such a taboo subject as "cancer". I don't think you could rate these poems on the same level because Owen was a solider and saw a man die whereas, Tennyson is just a using commenting on what he knows. This could be also be portrayed in the message of each poem. Tennyson is trying to say that to die in action is a noble and brave way to die but, Owen suggests you should not believe that it is good and noble to die for your country because he has seen it and it isn't. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Hone English 10MXS 07/03/2008 ...read more.

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