War Poems and Poets

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In this essay, I am going to be writing about three poems the

poems are called ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ wrote by Alfred

Lord Tennyson in the Nineteenth Century. ‘Dilce et Decorum Est’ wrote

by Wilfred Owen during the First World War from 1914 – 1918. ‘An Irish

Airman Foresees His Death’ wrote by W.B Yeats during the Second World

War. I am going to write about the mood and tone of each poem and say

what each poet thinks about war. I am going to write why each poem is

effective or not effective.

‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.


What poet tells us.

1 The men are charging into the valley

2 The order to charge was a mistake, but the men are not afraid.

3 The men charge into the valley. They are surrounded by guns.

4 They charge the enemy waving their swords. They attack the enemy then

retreat. But not everyone survived.

5 Solders are still retreating. They are still surrounded by guns.

Soldiers are still being killed.

6 Poet changes from describing the story to talking to the doctor.

Telling everyone how brave the men were. Never forget how brave they


I think that the poet divides the poem up like this because he wants

you to know about the soldiers and think about what it was like for

them at war.


I think that the poet writes the poem this way because it makes the

poem sound better and then more action is in the poem. The men had to

fight, and it was the wrong command. Tennyson also thought that and

they were going to get killed.

Valley of death,

Mouth of hell,

Six hundred,

Jaws of death,

Cannon to right of them

Cannon to the left of them

Cannon in front of them.

The poet says this because it makes it more interesting and more eager

to read on.

The words the poet said about the soldiers and the battles are:

Valley of death,

Mouth of hell’

Jaws of death’

Cannon in the front of them,

Cannon to the left of them’

Cannon to the right of them.

The poet uses the word ‘Hero’ to describe the soldiers because there

where some soldiers that survived the awful battle.

Tennyson used a rhyme in these lines:

“Theirs not to reason why”

“Theirs but to do and die.”

“Storm’d at with shot and shell”

“Boldly they rode and well.”

“Plunged in the battery-smoke”

“Right thro’ the line they broke.”

“When can there glory fade?”

“O the wild charge they made!”
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