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

Compare the 'song of the shirt' to 'the charge of the light brigade'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare the 'song of the shirt' to 'the charge of the light brigade' The poems I am going to compare were both witten to make social or political statements . The Song of the Shirt was written by Thomas Hood in order to illustrate the plight of the working woman in 1843, who worked in 'poverty, hunger and dirt' every day in order to survive. The Charge of the Light Brigade was written by Alfred Lord Tennyson to remember and highlight the bravery of the men who were sent to their tragic deaths due to a simple human error at the Battle of Balaklava. ...read more.

Middle

Similarly, in The Charge of the Light Brigade, the poet uses trochee and dactyl rythm, free verse, short lines and repetition in order to mimic the movements of a charging horse. Both Poems are about being trapped in situations to which there is no escape. The Song of the Shirt is about a woman having no freedom; having to spend every spare second stitching in order to buy a crust of bread so she can live. She knows her only option in life is to work until she dies of either exhaustion or starvation. ...read more.

Conclusion

Alfred Lord Tennyson frequently changes the rythms of his stanzas in order to create certain atmospheres and speeds. He deviates from a regular pattern and uses free verse instead so he can use variation. In stanza four he creates an atmosphere of confusion by changing the pattern of ryhthm every two lines and making the verse much longer than the others. This makes the reader become aware of the confusion taking place in the battle. Thomas Hood does not use this poetic effect because his poem was is about how repetitive and predictable the pattern in the womans life is. The two poems both have a chorus effect. Times New Roman Century Schoolbook Microsoft Works MSWorksWPDoc CompObj CompObj ...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 War Poetry 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 War Poetry essays

  1. Using the two poems, The Charge of the Light Brigade and the Destruction of ...

    Tennyson also draws the reader to the lines quoting, "Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of Hell" as Tennyson has once again made the powerful words, "Death" and "Hell" start with capital letters which makes the reader's attention closer.

  2. A Comparison of Poems The Charge of the light brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, ...

    "And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea" This is a simile used by Byron stating there were many soldiers which suggests power as well. This is also successful because he is describing something horrible-the soldiers coming to destroy Galilee and something beautiful, stars on the sea, all in the same sentence.

  1. English Tennyson Coursework

    The English who were not used to of the hot days in India felt as if they were in hell which was not helped by the fact that all the cannons were letting sulphur into the skies and making everything hotter.

  2. Comparing and contrasting "The charge of the Light Brigade" and "The Defence of Lucknow" ...

    that any army who could still carry on fighting in a situation such as this would have to be immensely brave and loyal. By writing a poem as such about the battle makes the reader believe that although the battle was lost, the courage and bravery of the soldiers was that of those who win battles.

  1. The trapped soul

    Mikhail looked as if he had a lot more life experience. Dimitry lay on his back gazing at the clouds in the blue morning sky imagining what glory lay ahead of him today, his and Mikhail's first battle under the illustrious leadership of the Tsar.

  2. Compare and contrast The Charge of the Light Brigade withThe Defence of Lucknow by ...

    are scared, as it would give a bad impression of the English. This is what Tennyson wouldn't want. 'All in the valley of death' is a line from a Christian prayer. As Tennyson has included this line, it gives an impression that Tennyson believes that, God is on their side and not on the Russians.

  1. The Battle of Britain.

    It is an attempt at producing the first Historical piece that is completely unbiased. To make this evidence unique, AJP Taylor makes controversial statements and it's almost like he is trying to be different. Also, this source is aimed at a specific audience, mainly at those who are interested in

  2. Compare and contrast the presentation of war in 'Charge of the Light Brigade, Dulce ...

    Although associate the word "dismay" with "shock," its meaning includes a "loss of courage". By raising this as a question and then answering that "no, there was no fear", Tennyson gives the reader a moment's pause to let the full extent of the soldiers' bravery sink in.

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