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The Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum Est

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The Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum Est

The two poems we have been studying are "The Charge of the Light

Brigade" and "Dulce et Decorum est" These two poems come from totally

different historical periods. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" about

the Crimean War which took place in the 19th century and Dulce et

Decorum est being about the First World War which took place in

1914-18 in the 20th century. The difference between these two

historical times are that "The Charge of the Light Brigade" , written

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson was set in a time where their arms weren't

very advanced, they mostly used weapons such as horses for defense and

swords and some guns. Dulce et Decorum est was written in a time where

they were just that little bit more advanced with their arms.

The two different poets have totally different attitudes inspiring the

poems, as they are both from different backgrounds, Tennyson wasn't

actually there when all this was taken place so all the information he

displays in his poem have been taken from different sources. Unlike

Wilfred Owen, the writer of Dulce et Decorum est, he was actually in

the war so his information is first hand which he witnessed with his

very own eyes, which really gives a better more authentic, devastating

effect.

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" was written about the Crimean war

which was happening in Turkey 100s of miles away. The soldiers

fighting In this war were English, so this may have been one of the

reasons that Tennyson was so involved. He was encouraged to write this

poem when reading a newspaper called "The Times" His approach to the

deaths in Turkey wasn't exactly sympathetic but more "well done".

Having this approach to the deaths in the war was kind of ignoring the

fact that these soldiers had died. The Poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson was

given the name "Poet Laureate" which means to be appointed, either by

the King or Queen to write something on their behalf and which is in