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Compare and contrast the poets' attitude and presentation of the war in 'The man he killed' by Thomas Hardy and the 'The Charge of the light brigade' by Alfred lord Tennyson.

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Compare and contrast the poets' attitude and presentation of the war in 'The man he killed' by Thomas Hardy and the 'The Charge of the light brigade' by Alfred lord Tennyson.

Right the way through the past many poets have chosen to write on the argumentative topic of war. Multitudinous amounts of poets have chosen to write for and against the topic of war for example John Pudney and William Butler Yeats. Numberless poets have chosen to write about war to show the true human suffering that goes on. A good example of the poet that tends to show the true suffering that goes on during war is Thomas Hardy in his poem 'The man he killed'. On the other hand many poets like to celebrate war and show that dying for your country is honourable. A poet that tends to celebrate war is Alfred lord Tennyson in his poem 'The Charge of the light brigade'. During this essay I will compare and contrast the poets' attitude and views about wars.

'The Charge of the light brigade' describes a pessimistic cavalry charge that took place during the battle of Balaclava. This particular charge was described

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