Comparing Dulce et Decorum est and Charge of the Light Brigade

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Comparing Dulce et Decorum est and Charge of the Light Brigade In this essay I will be comparing two war poems. The poems, Dulce et Decorum est, by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord-Tennyson came from different generations; Owen's is written from his own experiences during the first world war; Lord-Tennysons poem was written from the safety of his own home during the Crimean war. The only real similarity between the two poems is that they were both written about the battlefield. Owen's poem is a heartfelt plea against military propaganda, while Tennyson's poem is propaganda. To understand these poems more, we must look at the poet's lives: · Wilfred Owen led a rather comfortable life as a tutor until he enlisted in October 1915. Owen was an Officer in the 2nd Artists Rifles Officers Training Corps and was recommended for the Military Cross. Probably one of Owens most poignant memories of the war was the subject if this poem, the death of a fellow soldier and friend in a brutal mustard gas attack. On November 4th 1918, Owen tragically died in a German Machine gun attack, just seven days before the armistice. His parents received the news of his death on November 11th, while the bells were ringing out the end of the war. · Alfred "Eccentric" Lord-Tennyson began writing at the age of 8 and had written most of a blank verse play by the age of 14. Tennyson became the poet laureate in 1850 and finally accepted a baronetcy and became Lord-Tennyson in 1884, after numerous offers. Being the poet laureate he was expected to write about the Crimean war, and he did. The result of this is Charge of the Light Brigade... ... middle of paper ... ...use it expects no answer, only the knowledge that their glory will never fade. The ending to Dulce et Decorum est is very powerful. You could just read the end of it and understand what the poem is about. It addresses it's intended audience and uses Latin very cleverly to create a very hard-hitting, saddening final line. "The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori." Personally I think that Dulce et Decorum est is the better of the two poems. It addresses war realistically and tells the truth and the raw details of war. It has a clear pace and the words really cut through you. I dislike Charge of the Light Brigade for its treatment of war. It makes it sound like an all right event, when it is much the opposite. Although I do admire the way Tennyson has made such an awful thing sound almost romantic.
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