The Charge Of The Light Brigade And Dulce Et Decorum Est

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The Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum Est

Alfred Tennyson and Wilfred Owen present different ideas about War in
their poems, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum
Est.’ Write about these poems and their effect on you.

The first poem, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Tennyson
was based on a newspaper article he read in the Times Newspaper on
November 14th, 1854. The article was about the Battle of Balaclava in
the Crimean War. It described how the soldiers were wounded and
killed because one man in their cavalry had made a mistake. It
outlined how the plain was strewn with their bodies’ and ‘steeds rode
rider less across the plain.’ This article was the inspiration for
his poem.

The second poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ was more vividly written,
because its poem, Wilfred Owen, was an actual soldier in the first
World War, which lasted from 1914-1918. He was too young to become a
soldier, so he lied about his age and went away to fight. He was
under the impression that War was dignified and sweet because of all
the propaganda that was put about to encourage young men to join the
army. He then realised that War wasn’t as glorified as he had thought
and wrote poems to deter other young men, who, like himself, thought
it was brave and courageous to die for their country.

The poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade,’ tells the story of how one
man in their cavalry, The Commander, made a huge mistake by charging
them towards the Russian Army. This is depicted when the poet says:
‘Into the valley of death.’ This implies that the army on the other
side of the valley were so great; the cavalry didn’t have any hope of
beating them. Ironically, they won the battle. In the fourth stanza,
he evokes the image of the soldiers in mid battle and describes how
they flashed their sabres bare.’ Tennyson also describes how the
Russians ‘reeled from the sabre-smoke. This points out that even
though the Light Brigade had a very small army, they fought with all
their might and didn’t give up. The fifth stanza describes how they
‘fought so well’ and ‘came back from the mouth of hell.’ Although
some men had died, they still defeated the Russian Army with only a
small number.

Tennyson wanted his audience to think about what effect the War has on
other people. He wanted to convey the message that War means death,
as he comments on how ‘horse and hero fell.’ It was inevitable that
men were going to die in the battle, so he wanted his readers to
realise how terribly the men had suffered. The phrase ‘Half a league,
Half a league, Half a league onward,’ mimics the sound of the horses
hooves riding down the gully. It also suggests that the men were
riding very quickly to their deaths. The men had to prepare
themselves for death and injury in a very short period of time, as the
‘Half a league’ gives the impression they didn’t have very far to go
until their reached the opposing army....

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