An analysis of Owen’s Dulce et Decorum est and Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light brigade Wilfred Owen and Alfred Lord Tennyson both wrote prominent poetry on the issue surrounding war. Owen was born on the 18th March 1893. Owen experienced the war and therefore he wrote elaborate detail on life on the battlefield. One of his famous poems on the aspect of war is known as ‘Dulce et Decorum Est which means it is sweet and beautiful to die for your native land in Latin. Although the title of the poem is positive the message in the poem illuminates the negative aspects of war and is written through the eye of a soldier which is Owen himself.
World War One has influenced many poets to write their experiences of war. Dulce et Decorum est, by Wilfred Owen, is a poem about the horrid experiences soldiers went through while they were at war. Owen describes the atrocity of a gas attack and the painful mental anguish that was shown on the soldiers face. Rupert Brook’s, The Soldier, describes the patriotism that supposedly accompanies war. His view of war is that dying for your country is the most honorable act of man.
‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ delivers a strong message. The theme of this poem is war. The poem gives us the impression that war is glorious and noble. The poem consists of phrases such as ‘When can their glory fade?’ ‘Honour the charge they made’, ‘The noble six hundred’. This shows that in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s eye, it is noble and glorious to fight and die for your country.
Despite his patriotic view, he has repeated the danger of an early death in his poem, proving he is fully aware of war's horrors. Owen has shown war as being gruesome. His poem describes the war through the senses, which allows readers enter the shoes of Wilfred Owen, and understand war's tragedy. He believes that 'sweet and proper to die for your country' is a lie, unlike Tennyson. Alfred Tennyson's poem was based on a newspaper article that has made the poem biased and patriotic.
Although both Dulce et Decorum Est and The Charge of the Light Brigade are about battle and the death of soldiers, they portray the experience of war in different ways. Tennyson´s poem celebrates the glory of war, despite the fact that, because of an error of judgement ('Someone had blundered´), six hundred soldiers were sent to their death. Owen´s poem, on the other hand, might almost have been written as a challenge to Tennyson´s rousing and jingoistic sentiments. He presents the horror of senseless death in the trenches and shows us how the famous line from the Roman poet Horace, 'it is sweet and becoming to die for your country´, is a lie. We are told that Tennyson wrote 'Light Brigade´ in a few minutes after reading the description in The Times of the Battle of Balaclava in 1854.
In this poem Tennyson portrayes that war is good and is fun. In the poem the writer uses words like "the mouth of hell" "The valley of death" he uses these words to give you a clear picture of what fate awaits the six hundred soldiers in battle. Tennyson portrayes lots of things in his poem another thing he portrayes is the great control the soldiers had for following orders even when the face of death was staring them in the face.six hundred is almost mentioned at the end of each stanza this gives you the idea of the great kind of loss these men faced during the war.At the end of the poem the writter says Honour the charge they made.Honour the Light Brigade the writter is telling us to honour and respect what these men had done even though they all died the soldiers are being celebrated... ... middle of paper ... ...f by talking about a young boy who is in the first world war and is stuck in a trench and ends up commiting suicide. Due to all the bad conditions in the trenches. Sassoon explored the theme of war in that he thought it was a bad thing a terrible thing to die and.
By use of gripping words and vivid descriptions, Owen paints incredible pictures of what World War I was really like. He tears away the glory and drama and reveals the real essence of fighting: fear, torture, and death. No longer are we left with good feelings and pretty phrases like "Liberty and justice for all!" Instead, our hearts grieve over what these soldiers had to suffer through. Every line of the poem rebuts the Roman poet Horace's quotation: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori--It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country."
(Bell 2158) He was sent to the Craiglockhart military hospital, were he met Siegfried Sassoon. The two men quickly became friends and Sassoon (who was actively anti war) convinced Owen to write about the hardships and horror of the battlefield. (Bell 2159) Owen took his friend’s advice and used his experiences to write and even put himself into countless poems including “Dulce et Decorum Est”. There are several instances throughout the poem were Owen uses his own experience to place himself into the poem. “In the Second line, the speaker (Wilfred Owen) defines his relationship to the situation: “We cursed through sludge” (LaBlanc 110).
Owen on the other hand provokes sympathy for soldiers in general as he describes one of many hardships they endure while on the battlefield. Hardy uses the setting as a testament to his point as he states “we should have set us down to wet / right many a nipperkin! / but ranged as infantry,” (3-5), and in doing so Hardy implicitly derives his theme. Owen explicitly states his theme at the end of the poem in Latin with the words used by many soldier at the time. Both poems are didactic and share similarities as well as differences but ultimately shine a light on a heavy issue that is war.
Poems of War Rupert Brooke’s “The Dead” (Brooke p109) tries to convince you that death in battle is sweet and honorable. Compared to Wilfred Owens “Dulce et Decorum est” we read a poem with a completely different opinion about war. It's a gruesome first hand experience of trench warfare. Through the entire poem Rupert Brooke tries to persuade the younger generation of readers in joining the army. He tries to make it seem sensational, and plead to the younger generation by making it come across as heroic.