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Compare and Contrast 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Lord Tennyson with 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen.

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Suzi Bowen Compare and Contrast 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Lord Tennyson with 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen. These two war poems, although written about the same subject, are very different. The Charge of the Light Brigade is about honouring the brave soldiers that were brave enough to go to war, whereas Exposure almost tells the story of these soldiers that went to war, right through from marching to the battle to the burial of those soldiers that died. The first comparison to be made between the two poems, is that they both tell a story-although in different ways. The Charge of the Light Brigade tells a story by following a group of soldiers as they go to battle, and finishing each verse with a short summary of how they are doing ('the six hundred'), starting from them marching to battle, and ending with the few that survived being praised for their bravery. ...read more.

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In Exposure, the last lines of each verse have a similar importance. In each verse, the last line is a short sentence that either holds suspense or asks a rhetorical question. I.e. "But nothing happens" Or: - "Is it that we are dying?" These last lines make the poem more interesting and give the reader reason to read on. The rhyming in these two poems is different. The Charge of the Light Brigade has a very irregular rhyming. Although some lines will rhyme, they aren't consistently the same lines, for instance, it isn't consistently every other line, or even the same line in each verse; they are different lines in each verse. In Exposure however, no lines seem to rhyme apart from maybe the odd one. However, the second and third lines in all verses, except the last verse and the one before that, have the last words ending with a similar word, although these words don't seem to have any rhyming effect on the poem, i.e. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Our brains ache in the merciless iced east winds that knive us. . ." Compared to: - "Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them." However, as well as the original feeling that I have described that I think Lord Tennyson is trying to portray, I also think that he is also trying to show that even though you are watching men die in front of your eyes on the battle field, there is nothing you can do about it because by stopping and helping them, you are likely to be killed yourself. "Storm'd at with shot and shell, While horse and hero fell." In Conclusion, these two poems show that although you can have two poems both about war and both with the same views on war, they can both be written very differently in completely different styles. ...read more.

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