A Comparison of Dulce et Decorum est and The Charge of the Light Brigade

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A Comparison of Dulce et Decorum est and The Charge of the Light Brigade

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” written by Lord Alfred Tennyson and
“Dulce et Decorum est” written by Wifred Owen have different perspectives of the wars as they are two different wars written at different times. Tennyson was not at the battle and never saw or experienced anything, which occurred. On the other hand Owen was present and experienced everything; he saw a friend dying knowing he was helpless to save him. Tennyson was only able to write the poem as he read a press report and expanded on it; the press report was written as propaganda, glorifying the British soldiers and making out that they were all able to die for their country as their
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Owen shows us the suffering and heartache he went through in the war and how he would like everyone to see what it is like. However Tennyson shows the war to be a heroic event in which you are there for you country being loyal and obedient following the sergeant’s orders.

“Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do or die:

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.”

The soldiers would do anything and everything for their country even if it meant dying, they would do it. This shows bravery and determination of the British trying to kill the “Cossack and
Russians.” Due to Tennyson not being at the Crimean War he was not fully able to visualise the imagery, negativity and feelings of all the soldiers. In order for him to explain the path of the soldiers he uses rhythm and repetition. “Rode the six hundred.” In each of the six stanzas ‘Rode the six hundred’ is repeated in a similar way. Tennyson shows the loss of the soldiers in the length of the stanzas. The first five stanzas are between seven to eleven lines long, but when it comes to stanza six it has been reduced between five to ten lines. This is due to the loss of soldiers throughout the war; Tennyson does not state exactly how many soldiers were lost but expresses this through the length of the stanzas.

However Owens poem is different as he explores all

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