The poems I am going to compare and contrast are "Dulce et Decorum
Est" by Wilfred Owen and "The Charge of The Light Brigade" by the Poet
Laureate of his time, Lord Tennyson. These poems both have a main
subject of war. The main difference though, which leads to many other
differences in the two poems are that they were written very in
different centuries and times.
This time difference meant approaches to war were different and hence
the tones of the poems are very dissimilar. Owen is responding
directly to a poem written by Jessie Pope. He was outraged at the tone
of her poem. Pope was encouraging people to go to war and fight for
their country in with a glorified tone and ironically she was unaware
about the atmosphere of the war. Owen, who was a soldier and fought on
the front line during the war, had a very different attitude to
fighting. He includes vivid descriptions of events throughout battles,
and felt as though war was a waste of young, innocent lives. However
in Tennyson's "The Charge of The Light Brigade" his attitude is very
unlike Owen's. Tennyson sounds heroic and gallant, proud to be at war.
This is partly because Owen's point of view was written from first
hand experience where as Tennyson didn't attend the Battle of
Balaclava (the battle his poem was based on) and so only heard
glorified reports of the event.
The rhyming in "Dulce et Decorum Est" is surprisingly more regular
(ABAB rhyming scheme) than Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of The Light
Brigade". Despite this, the rhymes are not the major feature of the
poem and so does not stand out as...
... middle of paper ...
...rand and gallant movement. The men's
uniforms and swords are described as "flash"-ing, continuing the
glorious, glittering attitude of the cavalry. Throughout the poem, no
mention of blood and suffering is mentioned as in "Dulce et Decorum
Est" because the aim of the poem is very different to his. Tennyson
was reporting as duty, being Poet Laureate of his time, making the
people interested feel proud and happy about the events "blunder".
Personally I prefer "Dulce et Decorum Est". This is because I agree
with Owen and his attitude to war, it being an unnecessary waste of
lives, young and old. I also dislike the rhythm and rhyming patterns
used in "The Charge of The Light Brigade", it seems so shallow and
meaningless, whereas in Owen's poem the phrases and subtle rhyming
portrays a deeper and more meaningful attitude.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
Messages of War in "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson and "Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen
- War is a controversial topic where people’s views differ at what war is, some people see it as pure evil and wicked while others think that it is brave and noble of what soldiers do. They look at poems which have been written by people affected by wars to show the contrast and the messages which are portrayed. Two poems which show different views of war are ‘the charge of the light brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson and ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen. Both these poets use linguistic devices to convince the reader of their view of what the war is.... [tags: war, Charge of the Light Brigade, Alfred Lord Tenn]
613 words (1.8 pages)
- The charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce Et Decorum Est The two poems that I have been studying are each about war. They both describe about the terrors of war and the suffering of each side's men and what they had to go through. The two different poets have very different views on how the war actually progressed. The first poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" is a piece of propaganda for the army; similarly for "Dulce Et Decorum Est." It was most likely that the poet in the first poem was nowhere near the actual war and was probably sitting at some clerk's desk back home, having been instructed to write such propaganda.... [tags: Wilfred Owen Lord Tennyson Poetry Essays]
1076 words (3.1 pages)
- 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... [tags: Papers]
1583 words (4.5 pages)
- Comparison of Dulce et Decorum Est and Charge of the Light Brigade Compare and contrast the two poems Dulce et Decorum Est (Owen) with Charge of the Light Brigade (Tennyson), paying particular attention to the writers’ attitude to war. The attitudes of poets towards war have always been expressed vigorously in their poetry, each poet either condoning or condemning war, and mitigating their attitudes in whatever way possible. I aim to explore the change in the portrayal of war before and during the twentieth century, and also the structures and devices poets use to convey their views persuasively, and justify them.... [tags: Alfred Lord Tennyson Wilfred Owen Poems Essays]
3611 words (10.3 pages)
- The Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce et Decorum Est Alfred Tennyson and Wilfred Owen present different ideas about War in their poems, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Dulce et Decorum Est.’ Write about these poems and their effect on you. The first poem, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Tennyson was based on a newspaper article he read in the Times Newspaper on November 14th, 1854. The article was about the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. It described how the soldiers were wounded and killed because one man in their cavalry had made a mistake.... [tags: Alfred Tennyson Wilfred Owen Poems Essays]
2297 words (6.6 pages)
- Comparing Dulce et Decorum est and Charge of the Light Brigade In this essay I will be comparing two war poems. The poems, Dulce et Decorum est, by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord-Tennyson came from different generations; Owen's is written from his own experiences during the first world war; Lord-Tennysons poem was written from the safety of his own home during the Crimean war. The only real similarity between the two poems is that they were both written about the battlefield.... [tags: Papers]
1335 words (3.8 pages)
- Comparing Dulce et Decorum Est with The Charge of The Light Brigade The poems I am going to compare and contrast are "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen and "The Charge of The Light Brigade" by the Poet Laureate of his time, Lord Tennyson. These poems both have a main subject of war. The main difference though, which leads to many other differences in the two poems are that they were written very in different centuries and times. This time difference meant approaches to war were different and hence the tones of the poems are very dissimilar.... [tags: Papers]
919 words (2.6 pages)
- A Comparison of Dulce et Decorum est and The Charge of the Light Brigade “The Charge of the Light Brigade” written by Lord Alfred Tennyson and “Dulce et Decorum est” written by Wifred Owen have different perspectives of the wars as they are two different wars written at different times. Tennyson was not at the battle and never saw or experienced anything, which occurred. On the other hand Owen was present and experienced everything; he saw a friend dying knowing he was helpless to save him. Tennyson was only able to write the poem as he read a press report and expanded on it; the press report was written as propaganda, glorifying the British soldiers and making out that they were all able t... [tags: Lord Alfred Tennyson Wifred Owen Essays]
1145 words (3.3 pages)
- Comparing Dulce ET Decorum EST and the Charge of the Light Brigade Although both 'Dulce et Decorum Est.Â´ and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade" are about battle and the death of soldiers, they show the experience of war in different ways. TennysonÂ´s poem is about the glory of war, despite the fact that, the English parliament had the wrong judgment this is why six hundred soldiers died. Wilfred OwenÂ´s poem, on the other hand, tells everybody what has really happened, we are more likely to believe what Wilfred Owen is saying because he was the one who was in the battlefield were as Tennyson wasn't .... [tags: Papers]
745 words (2.1 pages)
- Comparing The Charge of the Light Brigade and Dulce ET Decorum EST The poems “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Dulce ET Decorum EST” are war poems. They reflect on two different but equally harrowing events, however the poets portray these events using their own style and the and result is two entirely different views of war. Alfred Tennyson wrote the “Charge of the Light Brigade” in 1854 and it is about the battle of Balaclava in the Crimean war. Although this battle had no real influence on the outcome of the war it showed the bravery of six hundred British soldiers who charged into almost certain death.... [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
1211 words (3.5 pages)