Comparing Dulce et Decorum Est with The Charge of The Light Brigade The poems I am going to compare and contrast are "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen and "The Charge of The Light Brigade" by the Poet Laureate of his time, Lord Tennyson. These poems both have a main subject of war. The main difference though, which leads to many other differences in the two poems are that they were written very in different centuries and times. This time difference meant approaches to war were different and hence the tones of the poems are very dissimilar. Owen is responding directly to a poem written by Jessie Pope.
Comparison of Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum A Comparison of Two Poems In this essay I will compare two poems. The poems that I will discuss, are ’Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and ‘Dulce Et Decorum’ by Wilfred Owen. Wilfred Owen was actually a fighter in the war, where as Alfred, Lord Tennyson only wrote the poem on what he had heard and he had no experience of war. Although both poems are about war, they are a complete contrast to each other, not only in the way they are written but also with the message they deliver. ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ delivers a strong message.
The essay discusses the opposing attitudes of a soldiers life, in which Owen’s poem has a horrid tone and Brooke’s has a patriotic tone. The use of personification which reviews how things have been written to represent certain actions, where Dulce et Decorum est uses pessimistic words and The Soldier uses optimistic words. Finally, the use of imagery in both poems to present diverse images and attitudes of war in the readers head. I believe Wilfred Owen has written the perfect poem to truly and realistically portray the true life of a soldier. The use of imagery and figurative language created an experience as if I was there on the battlefield.
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. He relates his experience in his poem and mirrors his views negatively about war in depth. Alfred Lord Tennyson was born on 6th August 1809 and is known as a well established poet. He wrote a poem which depicts the bravery and gallantry of a soldier faced with adverse circumstances. His poem The Charge of the Light Brigade is based on a more positive aspect of war and highlights the dedication and bravery soldiers have in name of their country.
Each stanza ends with 'six hundred'; even when so few are left alive, which makes the reader only think of their bravery and their dedication. I think this difference between the two authors' styles is because of the fact that Owen was fighting at the time, and experiencing the war first hand, whereas Tennyson's only view of war was what he read in newspapers and what he was told. Alfred, Lord Tennyson has a positive attitude towards war. ''The Charge of the Light Brigade'' was about a hopeless charge into ''the valley of death'', where man... ... middle of paper ... ...y poetic techniques. In all Wilfred Owen is trying to show that there is nothing good about war.
Although they deal with the subject of the war, both of them create a different feeling and idea about war. Lord Tennyson described more the glory and honour rather than the death and the suffering, this created a very heroic image of the soldiers. Lord Tennyson uses on his poem different and simple words and phrases to give the impression of brave and spirited soldiers as "Boldly they rode and well", "They who fought so well." However, in Wilfred Owen's poem, it is found phrases and words such as "old beggars", "corrupted" and "clumsy" to creat a tired picture of the soldiers who have been reduced to something less than men, an idea which is sustained in the images of physical shortcomings: they are, variously, lame, blind, drunk and deaf. Owen use a language very descriptive and dramatic, phrases such as "Gas!
Comparing The Soldier and Dulce et Decorum Est The Soldier by Rupert Brooke and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen were both written during world war one. War and death are the themes of both poems but they are written from different perspectives. Brooke seems to base his poem on myth because overall he says that it is good to die for your country while fighting at war is terrible and that it is every soldier for himself and not for your country. There are many reasons why Brooke and Owen have different attitudes to war. For example Brook wrote The Soldier at the beginning of the war but Owen wrote it in 1916.
Faced with many fatally injured men, this must have inspired him to write a great deal. Unlike Brooke's poem "The Soldier", Owen portrays, not a glorified or heroic war, but a realistic war. Rupert Brooke, having not witnessed war, had attitudes showing the hysteria of war in 1914 projected to him, and knowing no different he had to believe it. The title "Anthem for Doomed Youth" has a huge sense of deliberate irony, stressing how brainless war appears to Owen. To Brooke on the other hand, war is far from pointless; it is something one does to receive admiration from their nation.
He tries to make it seem sensational, and plead to the younger generation by making it come across as heroic. In comparison to Brooks poem Owen describes images related to dying for your nation as cruel, painful and upsetting but Brooke views it as something extremely honorable and something to be proud of. Personally I feel that if you happen to die in the line of battle it is in fact a heroic death. While Brook's poem describes his views of war from an outsiders perspective, Owen's Poem gives an outstanding description of war as he experienced it firsthand. Brooke sees that laying down your life during the line of duty for your country is honorable and heroic, and while you engage the first stanza you will see that Brooke writes: "the rich dead”(1).
Kipling also tries to shed a reality on the battle, and how the English were loyal to the soldiers when they were need, but now that the battle is over the broken soldiers returning no longer fit the heroic image the public hold, and so their country no longer cares. In fact exposing the publics expressed support to be only shallow lip service. Tennyson wrote his poem with rigid, rhythmical, and evocative language, and tries to glamorise the Battle, and in doing so, makes the poem too fanciful. While Kipling on the other hand wrote his poem using... ... middle of paper ... ...their lack of fidelity towards the soldiers. In conclusion I personally find Kipling's poem more effective.