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How do the two poets, Owen and Tennyson, in their poems 'Dulce et Decorum est.' and 'The Charge of the light brigade' communicate their ides about war to you?

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How do the two poets, Owen and Tennyson, in their poems 'Dulce et Decorum est.' and 'The Charge of the light brigade' communicate their ides about war to you? Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th of March 1893 in Oswestry. He was the eldest of four children and brought up in the Anglican religion of the evangelical school. Wilfred Owen was one of the best and most famous trench World War One poets. His major pre occupation was trench conditions and the horrors and feelings that soldiers would have had of the war. He joined the army on the 21st of October and had 14 months of training in England, he was then sent to France in 1917. He had a very short experience of the war, only four months. On this he based all of his war poetry. Very much shocked by the horrors of war experience, he went to Craig Lockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh. On the 4th of November 1918, seven days before the war ended Wilfred Owen sadly died. Alfred Lord Tennyson, an English poet, often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. ...read more.

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He would be sick of his own doings. Wilfred Owen uses 'I saw him drowning' he describes how, though they weren't drowning in water, they were drowning in gas the effect is a simile. They were choking on the gas not drowning. This simile is put in the poem along with 'dim through the misty panes' to describe what the soldiers were seeing. 'Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud' this is Wilfred Owen's way of conveying the anger he feels at the effect of the war had on young men, who didn't deserve it. Wilfred is trying to emphasize how indecent the war was and what it did to its victims. Wilfred gives us the impression that war was a miligant torture in the body and a feeling of mental pain. Wilfred Owen's three stanza poem has been structured like it has because he is talking about different subjects. In the second stanza he talks about the horrors of the war whereas in stanza three he talks about his anger towards the war. By contrast, Tennyson's poem 'The Charge of The Light Brigade' is a story like poem which recounts the fatal charge in a chronological way. ...read more.

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Here he starts to tell us his opinion and his feelings of the charge. He uses a rhetorical question to make the readers stop and think to try and answer the question, 'When can their glory fade?' He wants us to say that their glory can never fade. Tennyson repeats, finally the words glory and honour so that the reader understands that his view is that theses men were very brave and honourable though the charge itself was tragic. 'O the wild charge they made' Here he tries to tell us how brave they were. He tries to tell us how brave they were. He also gives orders to us when he says, 'Honour the light brigade' In conclusion Tennyson and Owen communicate their ideas about war in very different ways and indeed have slightly different attitudes to war. Owen writes from first hand experience of war whereas Tennyson writes from a second hand experience, making his poem less personal. Owen communicates his ideas by using very influential and vivid imagery whereas Tennyson uses more factual story like structure. Owen and Tennyson both think that war is reprehensible and corrupt but Tennyson says in his last stanza that you should still honour the soldiers because it is never their choice to fight, it involves tremendous bravery and duty to your country. 12.11.05 ...read more.

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