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Dulce et decourm est and The charge of the Light Brigade

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Comparison This essay is about two contrasting peoms about war and what it represents.The first peom is 'Dulce et decorum est' written by Wilfred Owen who has a negative view of war on the other side of the argument we have 'The charge of the Light Brigade' written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson who's views about war are that it is a noble event to be a part of. I will explain what the poems mean and them compare them to each other. Dulce Et Decorum Est By Wilfred Owen The first poem I will explain is 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' it shows the realistic side of living on the front line. The title is in Latin 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' which gives the impression of an old Roman or Roman related poem. 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' is Latin for "It is sweet and honourable" the other part to that sentence is "Pro patrioa mori". It means "to die for my country". This means the sentence "Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro patrioa mori" means "It is sweet and honourable to die for my country". This proposes the theory of early propaganda to lure young men into the army to fight in wars and to hide the awful conditions in which they fought in the trenches packed with soldiers and infections which lead to disease. ...read more.


The speaker is continually haunted by the sight of his fellow soldier dying from the horrible mustard gas attack. He is dramatizing this scene some time after it occurred, but still his dreams are filled with this unforgettable sight, which is a regular nightmare for the speaker hoping that another man does not have to see the same sight of him in the back of the wagon shouting `till he can shout no more o`r for him to have to witness ever again. Fourth Stanza: "If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace" In the fourth stanza, the speaker addresses the reader, telling the reader that if he could experience the horrid scene of seeing a man die this excruciating death as you where walking behind the wagon with the man in infinite pain that seemed to go on for an eternity, "you would not tell with such high zest / To children ardent for some desperate glory, / The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori." The speaker calls the reader "My friend," but the poet no doubt had in mind the lying politicians and bumbling military leaders who were encouraging young men to participate in the war effort. While they did nothing to help o`r improve the lives for the men who lived in the trenches and used terrible tactics to sent them in suicidal conditions across no-mans land. ...read more.


The poem glorifies war and courage, even in cases of complete inefficiency and waste. This poem deals with an important political development in Tennyson's day. As such, it is part of a sequence of political and military poems that Tennyson wrote after he became Poet Laureate of England in 1850, including "Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington" (1852) and "Riflemen, Form" (1859). These poems reflect Tennyson's emerging national consciousness and his sense of compulsion to express his political views. This poem is effective largely because of the way it conveys the movement and sound of the charge via a strong, repetitive falling meter: "Half a league, half a league / Half a league onward." The plodding pace of the repetitions seems to subsume all individual impulsiveness in ponderous collective action. The poem does not speak of individual troops but rather of "the six hundred" and then "all that was left of them." Even Lord Raglan, who played such an important role in the battle, is only vaguely referred to in the line "someone had blundered." Interestingly, Tennyson omitted this critical and somewhat subversive line in the 1855 version of this poem, but the writer John Ruskin later convinced him to restore it for the sake of the poem's artistry. Although it underwent several revisions following its initial publication in 1854, the poem as it stands today is a moving tribute to courage and heroism in the face of devastating defeat. ...read more.

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