Comparing Dulce Et Decorum Est And The Charge Of The Light Brigade

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Comparing Dulce ET Decorum EST and the Charge of the Light Brigade

Although both 'Dulce et Decorum Est.´ and 'The Charge of the Light
Brigade" are about battle and the death of soldiers, they show the
experience of war in different ways.
Tennyson´s poem is about the glory of war, despite the fact that, the
English parliament had the wrong judgment this is why six hundred
soldiers died. Wilfred Owen´s poem, on the other hand, tells everybody
what has really happened, we are more likely to believe what Wilfred
Owen is saying because he was the one who was in the battlefield were
as Tennyson wasn't . Wilfred Owen presents the horror of the senseless
deaths in the trenches and shows us how the famous line from a poet,
'it is sweet and becoming to die for your country´, is a lie.

Tennyson was a poet paid to make poems by the queen. As opposed to a
soldier poet like Wilfred Owen. His poem 'The Charge Of The Light
Brigade Light Brigade´ increased the morale of the British soldiers
fighting in the War and of the people at home, but Tennyson had not
been an eyewitness to the this.

Wilfred Owen wrote 'Dulce Et Decorum Est.´ towards the end of the
First World War. Owen was against all of the lies that were being told
about the war at the time. He had first-hand experience of war and
wanted to tell people the truth.

Tennyson´s poem is all about the bravery of the six hundred British
soldiers who went into battle against all of the odds, even though
they knew that they would be killed. The poem starts in the middle of
the action. 'Light Brigade´ is written in dactylic feet, and this
gives a sense of the excitement of the galloping horses in the cavalry
charge 'Half a league, half a league, half a league onward´
He uses noble sounding words like 'the valley of Death´, 'the jaws of
Death´, 'the mouth of Hell to', to describe the fate that awaits these
men. He doesn't make it sound gorily the way they died.

Tennyson creates a feeling of nobleness of warfare with his use of
poetic words. 'Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon
in front of them´.

Tennyson celebrates the ideal of unquestioning of the soldiers in the
face of death 'Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why,
theirs but to do and die´.
The repetition of 'the six hundred´ at the end of each stanza reminds
the reader of the enormous loss of life, but at the end of the poem
they have become the 'Noble six hundred´ and are celebrated as heroes.

Wilfred Owen in his poem is asking us to question all the certainties
that Tennyson is celebrating. The theme of 'Dulce et decorum est.´ is
that war and dying for one's country is not glorious. This message is
echoed throughout the poem from the first stanza to the last line. In
the opening stanza you get a very...

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