Contrast the different attitudes to war expressed in Dulce et Decorum Est, The Charge of the Light Brigade and War Photographer.

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Contrast the different attitudes to war expressed in ‘Dulce et Decorum Est,’ ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘War Photographer.’

Literature written during the First World War is often very different in terms of subject matter and tone.  A crux factor in the understanding of this poetry is recognising the era of war in which it was written.  To fully comprehend the attitudes expressed we must look at the purpose as well as take into account the audience.

The poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ was written by Wilfred Owen during the First World War. Wilfred Owen is a trench poet highly acclaimed for his portrayal of trench warfare.  Owen is writing out of experience as a result his poem conveys levels of realism and horror similar to that of Sassoon. It is structured into three stanzas. In the first stanza the rhythm is slow this reflects the movement of the men in the trenches. In stanza two he uses disturbing imagery to shock and inform those back home of what the front line is really like.  Owen uses graphic imagery in his Poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” where he describes a dying solider who “plunges, guttering, chocking drowning” these descriptive verbs enable the reader to visualise the gruesome scene. Owen repeats the word ‘drowning’ in stanza two to emphasise the terror which is happening in front of him. In stanza three Owens mood becomes exasperated, he is talking to the reader in this stanza as he says at the beginning ‘if in some smothering dreams you too could place behind the wagon that we flung him in’. Through out the poem there is regular rhyme.

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This poem is effective as it uses graphic imagery so that the reader can imagine the awful horror in which the men in the war faced. In the last stanza he wrote ‘the old lie’ which was that he said ‘It’s sweet and fitting to die for ones country’. He disagrees with this hence the words the ‘old lie’ in front of it. This shows that he’s in an irritated mood.

The poem ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The poem tells the story of a battle fought in the Crimean War in the ...

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