The Charge of the Light Brigade

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

War poetry is a theme that has inspired many poets. Compare and

contrast poems by 2 poets from different eras and cultures. Say which

one you prefer and why.

The two poems and the poets that I am going to look at are The Charge

of the Light Brigade written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Dulce ET

Decorum Est. Pro Patria Mori by Wilfred Owen.

The first poem was written during the reign of Queen Victoria in

England. During this time the Victorians as the people were called had

a very religious outlook on life. The account was written by the poet

because it was such a bad battle that the government couldn’t let the

people see that it had made a great mistake and so it commissioned

Tennyson to write the poem saying what a wonderful battle it had been.

It was a cover up.

The second poem was written by Wilfred Owen while he was on active

service during the First World War. He was a young man and was against

the terrible waste of life the First World War caused. He believed

this was due to bad leadership by the generals. Wilfred Owen was able

to experience the war as it really was whereas Tennyson never actually

saw the battle he was writing about. Owens’s poem was written because

he was in the war and wants to tell you what it was like in the war

I am going to write about The Charge of The Light Brigade which is

about the Crimean War which was fought between Russia on the one hand

and Britain France and Turkey on the other. The charge of the light

brigade occurred in November 1854 at Balaclava in the Crimea. The

brave six hundred rode straight down a valley that was fortified at

its end by many cannon served by Russian and Cossack gunners. The

heroes were following confus...

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...nces between the two poems are that in one the poet is

saying that the war could not have gone any better, and the poem is

telling you that the war was the worst one ever. Also The Charge of

the Light Brigade has a “galloping” rhythm all most all the way

through the poem. In the Dulce ET Decorum EST Pro Patria Mori poem

there is no obvious rhythm to this poem and in fact the slow pace of

the poem makes us think of the soldiers trudging through the muddy


One was involved in fighting but Tennyson was simply writing about an

event he’d read about and was against the cruelty and waste of life

war brought whereas Tennyson wanted people to feel that war was

honourable worthwhile and necessary. I prefer Dulce et Decorum est. as

it is more realistic and makes me feel sorry for the men in the poem.

Tennyson poem does not give a true account of the war.

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