The Portrayal of War in Lord Byron’s The Destruction of Sennacherib, Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est and Tennyson’s The Charge of The Light Brigad
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The Portrayal of War in Lord Byron’s The Destruction of Sennacherib, Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est and Tennyson’s The Charge of The Light Brigade
We have studied three poems on the subject of different views of war.
‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’ and ‘The Charge of the Light
brigade’ were written pre 1914 whereas ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est was
written post 1914’. Dulce et decorum est, was written by Wilfred
Owen, and is meant to portray the harshness of the first world war.
This was mainly to combat writers such as Jesse Pope, who portrayed
the war as “a game”. Lord Byron’s the destruction of Sennacherib, was
written pre 1914, and he used secondary evidence (2nd book of
chronicles chapter 32 in the Old Testament) to structure his poem.
Most of his poems were based on religious stories however, it is
strange that he should do this, when he lived the kind of lifestyle
that he did. Tennyson also based his poem on secondary evidence – a
newspaper article. He shows war to be heroic and that it is patriotic
to die for your country.
Lord Byron’s poem was published. The Destruction of Sennacherib in
1815. The poem is written about a story in the bible describing how
the King of Assyria (Sennacherib) invaded Judea planned to destroy
Jerusalem. It talks about how the king who praised the one real god
was rewarded for being faithful in his darkest hour.
The first stanza describes the power Assyrian army, by using vibrant
colours “Purple and Gold”. By using the vibrant and victorious
colours, he shows his view on war as victorious.
He goes on to compare their “spears to stars on the sea” - in a
romantic way. This shows how Byron views ...
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...cause describing the terrible
effects of war on people would interfere with the heroic, noble
atmosphere he is trying to create. Wilfred Owen’s works shows the
effects on him up to his death in 1917, relating to his experiences in
the First World War. He condemns war and writes a small poem aside
from his personal encounters. The poem reads: “in all my dreams,
before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, chocking and
drowning.” I think this creates powerful, terrible images. It
describes his nightmares of people being gassed, using three of the
most shocking and revolting sounding words in the poem. For me,
showing the horrendous and distressing effects on ordinary people is
an incredible way of expressing his opinions, and trying to persuade
people not to go to war, as it is a very powerful emotional appeal.