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Contrast the different attitudes to war expressed in Dulce et Decorum Est, The Charge of the Light Brigade and War Photographer.

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Introduction

Contrast the different attitudes to war expressed in 'Dulce et Decorum Est,' 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'War Photographer.' Literature written during the First World War is often very different in terms of subject matter and tone. A crux factor in the understanding of this poetry is recognising the era of war in which it was written. To fully comprehend the attitudes expressed we must look at the purpose as well as take into account the audience. The poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est' was written by Wilfred Owen during the First World War. Wilfred Owen is a trench poet highly acclaimed for his portrayal of trench warfare. Owen is writing out of experience as a result his poem conveys levels of realism and horror similar to that of Sassoon. It is structured into three stanzas. In the first stanza the rhythm is slow this reflects the movement of the men in the trenches. In stanza two he uses disturbing imagery to shock and inform those back home of what the front line is really like. ...read more.

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The poem tells the story of a battle fought in the Crimean War in the nineteenth century. The poem is structured into six stanzas each telling a different part of the battle. In stanza one the men are charging into the valley, in two the order to charge was a mistake, but the men are not afraid, in three they are entering the valley, in four coming out of the valley, in five they are coming out of the valley but some of them are dead, six they have finished their battle. I think he divides the story up in this way as it pushes the progress of this poem while also building up drama and tension in a crescendo of action. 'Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, cannon in front of them', Tennyson uses repetition of the cannons everywhere as it highlights the bleakness and futility of the situation. He uses rhyme in stanzas three, four and five to reflect the irregular structure of combat. ...read more.

Conclusion

He has now got a guilty conscience. The editor will 'pick out' five or six pictures for the Sunday supplement, this shows us that it doesn't really affect him by the pictures. At the very last line of the poem it says 'he earns his living and they do not care' this tells us that the readers are only affected momentarily and soon forget and go on with their formal procedure. The poets mood throughout is effective as she controls her emotions, this gives the poem a greater force. In 'Dulce et Decorum Est' the poet is trying to get across to the readers what it is really like at war and the conditions which they fought in. Whereas in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' he is commenting on the bravery of the soldiers which is effective and in the 'War Photographer' which is also effective by getting across the point that when we look at agonising pictures they only effect us for a while before we get on with our lives again. ...read more.

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