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What do the poets Tennyson, Byron and Sassoon say about war in The Charge of the Light Brigade The Destruction of Sennacherib and Base Details? Compare how they use language to express their ideas.

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What do the poets Tennyson, Byron and Sassoon say about war in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' 'The Destruction of Sennacherib' and 'Base Details'? Compare how they use language to express their ideas. Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' was written in 1854, and is set in Russia. It is about part of the Crimean war. The poem talks about a light brigade charging into the enemy due to a misunderstood message. It says that the 600 that are charging are all 'noble', and that people should honour them. "Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred" The effect of this is to make the reader aware that the charge was an important part of history, Tennyson wants the reader to respect the soldiers and their bravery. The poem describes the light brigade as riding to their deaths. "Into the valley of death", and. "Came through the jaws of death". This would appear to the reader that they are all going to die fighting. This sounds frightening because it makes death sound like an person or an animal. In this poem, Tennyson uses a dactylic rhythm. ...read more.

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The beginning of the poem is about life, the wolf, and the end of the poem is about death, the soldiers 'melting like snow', these are both themes of nature. It says about the power that God has over mankind. There is lots of repetition in this poem, such as starting many lines with 'And', this is to add to the drama of the poem. Also it reflects the Bible. Lines five and seven in the poem are two lines with similar, but opposite meanings. "Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green That the host with their banners at sunset were seen Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown That host on the morrow lay wither'd and strown" This shows how at the beginning the army appear strong and unstoppable, and then when it changes to the autumn they are all dead. This also shows the power of God. Line ten in the poem is a very soft sounding line, as if uses alliteration of the f's. "And breathed in the face of the foe as he pass'd" This shows the peace of the angels. ...read more.

Conclusion

In line nine, the term 'stone dead' is used. This is to describe the stone of the gravestone, which is cold, and a final end. Compared to The Destruction of Sennacherib and The Charge of the Light Brigade, this poem is different but also similar. It is different because the other two poems are talking about the war as it happened, but this poem is not set at the time and place of the war, it is about the feelings a soldier had afterwards. It is also different because this poem is set in the first person. It is similar as it is about a war. The poets seem to be saying that war is acceptable, as none of them say that war is a bad thing. Lord Tennyson is saying that war is glamerous, and the soldiers are noble and couragous. Lord Byron is saying that war does not matter, as the Lord will save those who believe in him. Seigfried Sassoon is basically saying that war is neither good or bad, but the leaders who led him to war were bad people. I prefer 'Base Details' as it shows war from a soldiers point of view, and that the soldiers are innocent to the superior leaders. It shows a soldiers disgust with the attitude of the Commandors. ...read more.

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