Analysis of Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Analysis of Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Analysis of Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen and Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson


In this essay I intend to discuss the two passionately opinionated war
poems, 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Wilfred Owen based on WW1 and 'Charge
of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson which portrays the
Crimean war against Russia. Both poems are heart wrenching, emotional
and thought provoking, and expressively highlight the issues of war,
glory, death and heroism, all in explicit detail and compelling
imagery. I shall compare how one author can see war as glorious and
exciting whereas the other empathises on suffering, injury and loss
and tells us the reality in gruesome and uninhibited detail.

I shall study how different authors present and explore the brutal
realism of war, death and glory within the context of a poem. I shall
investigate if first hand experience of war differs the authors view
and how they portray the suffering and grievance. I will find the
effects that mood, tone, the raised and ignored issues have on their
targeted audience and the vivid images created in our minds. Also, how
powerful vocabulary and successful language features help to make
these issues so powerful, I shall investigate further.

Firstly, I intend to analyse the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' by
Wilfred Owen, this poem is his personal account of when he was
fighting in World War 1. The title, 'Dulce et Decorum est' is very
symbolic and has a poignant meaning as it is Latin for; 'It is
courageous and honorable to die for your country'. Therefore, the
reader would instantly think that this poem is going to be promoting
war as glorious and...


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audience will believe that warfare is unnecessary if circumstances
like the one Owen described are happening. Tennyson's message is not
as clear, once reading his poem the audience will see the positive
side to war and the advantages of fighting for our rights. Both poems
have used thought provoking and fantastic imagery to portray their
differing and highly opinionated views on warfare. Powerful literacy
techniques and successful uses of metaphors and similies cleverly
enhance the story and increase the pace, which influences the
excitement. Therefore I can say that the experiences that a man has in
connection to warfare will defiantly affect their view and how they
present the issue in the style of a poem, also that poets will hide
parts of the truth to emphasise their view and capture their
audiences' minds.

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