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How do both poets present their attitudes and concerns about the wars?

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How do both poets present their attitudes and concerns about the wars? The first poem that I have analysed is "Dulce et Decorum Est" written by Wilfred Owen in 1917 during world war one. Owen has a very negative view of war this is probably because he had experienced war first hand. The tile of the poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" may be seen as sarcastic and this would have been aimed at a woman called Jessie Popes. Jessie Popes wrote poems which would try and persuade young men to fight for there country. Popes would compare war to a "game" this annoyed Owen so to try and tell the people of Britain what war is really like Owen wrote a series of poems. The most well known of these are "Dulce et Decorum Est" and "Exposure". My Other poem that I have analysed is "Charge of the Light Brigade" written by Alfred Lord Tennyson about the Crimean war in 1855. In this poem Tennyson has a positive point of view which is the opposite of Owen. Tennyson shows a patriotic view with the words "Hero", "Noble" and "Glory" to fight for and die for your country; ironically that is the meaning of "Dulce et Decorum Est". ...read more.

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Owen gives us a graphic piece of imagery showing a soldier dying a slow and painful death. "White eyes writhing in his face". This shows that he could only see the whites of his eyes which means he was either dead or in extreme pain. The word writhing shows how much pain the soldier is in because Owen could have used the word painful but instead he tries to make the reader understand the amount of pain the soldier is in. "Charge of the light brigade" focuses on the number of soldiers and also the number that died "Not the six hundred" This shows that there no longer "six hundred men" because many of them had died and there are only a few left. Tennyson also mentions The Six Hundred at the end of every stanza to make the reader remember the phrase. Tennyson also uses metaphors to show the horror of war. In both stanzas 1 and 2 he mentions "The valley of death", and in stanza 3 he says both "Jaws of death" and "Mouth of hell". By saying the "The valley of death" it suggest that the soldiers have no chance of surviving. This also makes the soldier look more noble and brave to the reader. Tennyson also states how many soldier died. ...read more.

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The use a capital L in "lie" is to help emphasises what he thinks of Jessie popes poem. Overall Owen shows a very negative view on the war but on the other hand Tennyson shows a view towards war. Owens negative view is based on him actually being there where as Tennyson's positive views are based on him not fighting during the war. Owen has specific cases of horrific injuries, death, and sickening sights. Tennyson seems to focus on the group of soldiers collectively and does not have the same first hand accounts that Owen has. The poet that I believe more would have been Owen because of the use of his first hand cases such as the "Gas attack" and "Whites of the eyes in his head". Where as Tennyson on speaks as a collectiveness not as individuals. This piece of coursework has helped to focus on both the bad sides and the good sides of war. It's not the physical injuries that can harm you it's also the mental injuries of seeing other people shot in front of your eyes. But it also shows me how brave and noble soldiers are to fight for their country. This has definitely changed my perception of war. By Alexander Moffat ?? ?? ?? ?? Alexander Moffat 11n GCSE Poetry Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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