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Poetry Comparison Draft The two poems that I am going to be studying are 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' and 'Anthem of Doomed Youth, both which are war poems.' The Charge Of The Light Brigade was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1854 after reading a report about the war event in the Times newspaper. He was often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. As he wrote The Charge Of The Light Brigade, the poem was his view on the event as he was not there at the time of the war crisis. Furthermore, Anthem For Doomed Youth was written much later in 1917 by Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, regarded by some of the leading poets in the First World War. Wilfred was a soldier and had been injured in the front line of battle therefore was writing his poem in Craig Lockhare hospital in Edinburgh. Tennyson's war poem is a narrative whereas Wilfred Owen's war poem is a sonnet. Originally, Wilfred's draft poem was named Anthem for Dead Youth, but he changed the title soon after. Alfred, lord Tennyson's narrative is very descriptive within it's depth. ...read more.


Nevertheless, The Charge Of The Light Brigade strongly supports the attitude towards war, as the narrative is very positive on the army defeating the enemy. 'Boldly they rode and well.' By saying boldly, it gives you a impression of a bold, strong army. 'Honour the light brigade, Noble six hundred!' These two lines were the last two lines of the poem. Not only does the poem exceed throughout positively, but it ends on a good note as well. This quote is saying a lot of things. When in a war poem, this is implying that the army has won and that they are great, but it is not always like that as seen in Anthem For Doomed Youth. The attitude in Tennyson's poem does not have any negative points therefore may be biased as a lot of things in war are negative. The poet may be portraying one side of the story. Each Stanza in the poem ends with a line including 'the six hundred.' The beginning paragraph includes a line saying 'Into the valley of death...' This sound quite horrible but the next line exclaims 'Rode the six hundred.' ...read more.


This is one short line from the poem. Overall, both poems are very effective and they portray this in their own way. Firstly, I think that the message in The Charge Of The Light Brigade is that the size of something does not matter. It is quality rather than quantity. This is explained in the whole of the poem and is based on how just six hundred soldiers defeat a larger army. The style is quite appropriate for the message yet the 'enemy' is not detailed enough. Nevertheless, the poem does make you think and creates an image in your mind of the war scene with all the sophisticated imagery and language used. As to Wilfred Owen's Anthem For Doomed Youth, the message is written quite literally on how the lack of respect and pride that the brave soldiers had in the First World War. The style relates to the message appropriately because although the poet might be explaining the message in a sad and miserable way, which gives you a sad feeling, yet what he is saying was true. The poet goes quite deep into the realism of life in the war. In my opinion, the conclusion about the poems, are that they have a very deep and meaningful message, as they are based on real life. Amar Hayer 10PFL ...read more.

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