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How does 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Lord Tennyson and 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen present differing perspectives of War? 'Dulce Et Decorum est' and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' are two war poems which have strong views and attitude. They both were written about different wars. 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' was written by Tennyson during the Crimean war. 'Dulce et Decorum est' was written by Wilfred Owen during World War 1. Alfred Tennyson wrote 'The charge of the Light Brigade,' as a result of reading W.H Russell's report. Tennyson uses information from the report to include in his poem. The newspaper article, written by W.H Russell, was biased as it supported the British army. He described the British army as "Glittering in the morning sun." W. H Russell describes the noble British army as good even though they were out numbered by the Russian army. Tennyson wrote the poem as a memorial to the British men who died as heroes. Tennyson shows the British army as the "noble six hundred." In 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' Tennyson repeats the last line in his chorus to show clearly what is happening but even though the British army got wiped out they still ended up being heroes and "the noble six hundred." ...read more.


These rhetorical questions are effective because they are questions that cannot be answered. Tennyson's poem is structured. This shows that Tennyson describes the soldiers as an organised army. In Tennyson's poem the British army are described as "rode the six hundred" at the end of each chorus but the repetition changes when the soldiers start to die in the poem it also starts to sound more like a memorial in the last chorus as the last line is "Noble six hundred!" The tone of the poem is very persuasive and forceful especially in stanza 6 when he says: "When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! All the world wondered. Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade." This means that the Light Brigade has done something that needs to have some recognition for it and so Tennyson tells the reader to honour them for all of there heroism. He concentrates a lot on six hundred soldiers not individuals. He never describes death but glorifies the British soldiers actions this is because if he did talk about individuals he will have to talk about one of the soldiers traumatic death and how much suffering that soldier had before dying. ...read more.


In stanza three the pace of the poem slows down again as he describes the soldier's dramatic and personal death: "The wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin." Owen focuses on one soldier dying so he can show his emotions and make the reader feel sorry for his suffering. It makes the poem dramatic and personal talking about individuals rather than groups of soldiers: "If in smothering dreams, you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin." Owen uses an angry tone and some sarcasm. He also uses a Latin motto "Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori." Owen commands the reader to act by using personal and direct voice "Dear friend." In conclusion the two poems present different perspectives of warfare. Owen's poem is about a horrific experience whereas Tennyson's poem is about war being honourable. Owen wrote "Dulce et Decorum est" because he wanted the public to know what really went on in the war and how the British lied to their own country. Tennyson's message is that it is honourable to fight for your country. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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