The Subject of War in Poetry from Different Time Periods

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The Subject of War in Poetry from Different Time Periods

Dulce e Decorum est by Wilfred Owen, Suicide In the Trenches by Siegfried

Sassoon and The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson.

From studying the selection of texts (Poetry and Prose) what have you

learnt about the different way writers from different periods deal

with the subject of war.

The three poems that I have chosen to talk about are “Dulce e Decorum

est” by Wilfred Owen, “Suicide In the Trenches” by Siegfried Sassoon

and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Tennyson. I will look

at the three poems different opinions on war and how they compare and

contrast from each other. I will also take into account the way the

poets background may of affected there views. The poets come from a

close time period but with different views “ Suicide In The Trenches”

and Dulce e Decorum est” are from the World War One era and “The

Charge of The Light Brigade” form the Crimean War..

Alfred Tennyson, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen all come from

different backgrounds which alters the way they write, and the way

they put there opinions across.

Tennyson was a rich, public school student, proud of Britain’s

conquests around the world but never fought himself, so had no first

person experience of fighting. Owen contrasts to this as he didn’t

have a lot of riches and was no more then a common soldier. Sassoon

was an army officer but still was quit rich and never got the full

taste of trench warfare during World War One. This shows straight away

that the three writers were all brought up with different views and

backgrounds which would definitely affect the way they write.

The way that Tennyson writes, is the way a man who has never


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... The Crimean War didn’t change

history, but still Britain suffered a terrible loss of men. Tennyson

and the rest of Britain was not used to this, so Tennyson wrote about

the subject of war in a very positive way.

Owen and Sassoon experienced the great war and saw the terrible losses

first hand. They instead of showing how Britain was doing well, they

wrote about how people were dying innocently. In the period Owen and

Sassoon were writing in, Britain faced an uncertain future and Owens

and Sassoon’s poem complement this aspect of life. They both try to

get across the truth and reality in there poems. The World War One

period made writers like Sassoon and Owen write in this style. Unlike

Tennyson they put across all the negative aspects and stuck close to

the point. Although Britain won World War One writers from this period

wrote in a negative manner.
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