Compare and contrast the two poems, focusing on how the poets use language and imagery to represent war. Both poems are war poems of two different periods in history. 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', by Alfred Tennyson, was written before the twentieth century whereas 'Dulce et decorum est' was first drafted in 1917 by a poet named Wilfred Owen. Tennyson's poem was set in The Crimean War (1854-56) where the British commander made the mistake of charging at the main Russian position. He was meant to have retaken some guns held by the Russians.
In contrast Owen's poem attacks the idealistic and romantic view put forward by Brooke. He argues against the ideals of heroism and self-sacrifice. He is more concerned with all the men going into war thinking that it is heroic and glorious when actually it is horrible and that millions of men die every day. The poem which I prefer between Rupert Brooke's The Soldier and Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est is Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum because it describes the war as I believe it is and it is very descriptive on how the gas attack happened and how all the men felt. So I like Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum overall
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front gives you detail and insight into the long, destructive “Great War”. Quickly, romantic illusions about combat are disintegrate. Enthusiastic teenage boys convinced to fight for their country by their patriotic teachers came back feeling part of a lost generation . This novel teaches us what a terrifying and painful experience World War I was for those fighting in the trenches on the front. German propaganda spread throughout Germany like wildfire.
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.
War Poetry 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 Charge of the Light Brigade” was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, about The Battle of Balaclava which took place in 1854. Tennyson wrote the poem using information from an article in The Times and it remembers the bravery of the outnumbered cavalry men who were wrongly sent into battle. “Dulce et Decorum est” was written by Wilfred Owen during the First World War.
I began to think of myself again” (86). The war has made Elie realize he can only afford to think of himself or else he will die. “Dulce et Decorum Est” shows how one soldiers need to survive indirectly causes another soldiers death. From the very beginning of the poem the reader sees how the war affects the soldiers. Fighting in the war has aged the soldiers, the once young men now “bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags” trudge through the warzone (Owen 1-2).
Historically, it has been stated that both the Earl of Lucan and the Earl of Cardigan had known that they were going to be out numbered in the battle to come. They had seen the Russian battalions set up in their defensive positions before they made their daring charge. Regardless, the orders were passed from the top, down to the Earl of Cardigan, and the orders were followed through. Approximately six hundred horsemen with the Light Brigade charged towards the Russian battalions, accumulating almost three hundred casualties instantaneously. Some may ask the question as to why these men charged to their inevitable death.
Why does the world need to kill two million men just because two countries can’t agree with each other? War is devastating to countries and most indefinitely to individuals and soldiers. A war can ruin families, friendships, education, economy, and the minds of innocent people. Most young men, who were just approaching manhood, were pulled of their innocence of childhood, and thrown into a world of rage and destruction. Soldiers that luckily survive a horrific war often find their lives turned completely upside down since they enlisted, and sometimes it is just impossible to forget the vicious past and start over again as a civilian.
In the final stanza, Owen is angry with the generals and politicians for encouraging young men to fight for their country. Moreover, the poet explains what happened to the man that died from the gas attack and consequently uses this incident to convince readers that it is not "sweet and fitting" to fight for one's country. The ga... ... middle of paper ... ...it was unlike the majority of poems I have read about the First World War. I found Wilfred Owen to be a shockingly realistic and expressive writer. Nevertheless, he wrote an honest poem, which makes it even more appalling since they incidents did occur.
During the First World War, countries made use of mustard gas because it reacted with the water in the lungs and effectively dissolved the ones the inhaled the gas. The effect of the use of these gasse... ... middle of paper ... ...f the poem is that each soldier will not be remembered because they are one in so many that did not have no funeral or a body; they would have no grave stone and will just be forgotten. Wilfred uses his beliefs in war in both of the poems that I have studied, as he saw death, destruction, and pain and wanted people to be more aware of the war and hopefully to stop it from happening again. 'Anthem For Doomed Youth' uses the form of a sonnet to explain a message that is slow and meaningful as you would imagine a funeral march. 'Dulce et Decorum est' also has a sad message but is explained in a different way.