Analysis of Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Analysis of Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson In this essay I intend to discuss the two passionately opinionated war poems, 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen based on WW1 and 'Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson which portrays the Crimean war against Russia. Both poems are heart wrenching, emotional and thought provoking, and expressively highlight the issues of war, glory, death and heroism, all in explicit detail and compelling imagery. I shall compare how one author can see war as glorious and exciting whereas the other empathises on suffering, injury and loss and tells us the reality in gruesome and uninhibited detail. I shall study how different authors present and explore the brutal realism of war, death and glory within the context of a poem. I shall investigate if first hand experience of war differs the authors view and how they portray the suffering and grievance. I will find the effects that mood, tone, the raised and ignored issues have on their targeted audience and the vivid images created in our minds. Also, how powerful vocabulary and successful language features help to make these issues so powerful, I shall investigate further. Firstly, I intend to analyse the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen, this poem is his personal account of when he was fighting in World War 1. The title, 'Dulce et Decorum est' is very symbolic and has a poignant meaning as it is Latin for; 'It is courageous and honorable to die for your country'. Therefore, the reader would instantly think that this poem is going to be promoting war as glorious and... ... middle of paper ... ...the audience will believe that warfare is unnecessary if circumstances like the one Owen described are happening. Tennyson's message is not as clear, once reading his poem the audience will see the positive side to war and the advantages of fighting for our rights. Both poems have used thought provoking and fantastic imagery to portray their differing and highly opinionated views on warfare. Powerful literacy techniques and successful uses of metaphors and similies cleverly enhance the story and increase the pace, which influences the excitement. Therefore I can say that the experiences that a man has in connection to warfare will defiantly affect their view and how they present the issue in the style of a poem, also that poets will hide parts of the truth to emphasise their view and capture their audiences' minds.

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