The Charge Of The Light Brigade And Dulce Et Decorum Est
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. You can tell this
because of some of the phrases he uses. Phrases like "They that had
fought so well" show the inaccuracies that the poet showed because in
reality most of the men were killed before they even got to the
Russians guns, because they were under so much heavy fire, "Stormed at
with shot and shell". Shot was a type of projectile that fragmented so
it would kill or injure a lot of men all at once, and shell was a type
of cannon ball that exploded in mid-air.
The other thing that suggests that the poet wasn't near the
battlefield is that he says that the men did not question what was
happening, "Their's not to reason why". But I am sure that in real
life some of the men would have asked what they were doing. The other
thing that this poem does not do is it doesn't show the suffering that
the men had to go through. Instead it tries to tell us how the men
were all brave and heroic wanting to fight "Boldly they rode and
The other thing that makes this poem very different from the second
one is the date because "The charge of the Light Brigade" was set
around 1854 and "Dulce Et Decorum Est" was set around 1914. This may
be one of the factors that make the two poems so different. This poem
also shows us how the army structure back then wasn't very good
because the messages did not come through properly, this lead to the
"Defeat of the Noble 600".
The poet of the "Charge of the Light Brigade" tries to convey the
sense of war in a way that is kind to the general population. I think
that he is trying to hide the fact that so many young and brave
soldiers died for their county when they didn't have to at all. Also
he is trying to do this so that the army of the time didn't get a bad
reputation for itself by killing innocent young men.
In the second poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est" the poet does not want to
say that war is sweet and heroic, but he wants to show the people how
the war really was. When the poet was in hospital he wrote a letter to
his mother saying "I can see no excuse for deceiving you about these
last 4 days. I have suffered the 7th hell." This shows how the poet
wanted to show...
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Comparing Dulce ET Decorum EST and the Charge of the Light Brigade
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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 . Wilfred Owen presents the horror of the senseless deaths in the trenches and shows us how the…show more content…
He doesn't make it sound gorily the way they died.
Tennyson creates a feeling of nobleness of warfare with his use of poetic words. 'Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of themÂ´.
Tennyson celebrates the ideal of unquestioning of the soldiers in the face of death 'Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and dieÂ´. The repetition of 'the six hundredÂ´ at the end of each stanza reminds the reader of the enormous loss of life, but at the end of the poem they have become the 'Noble six hundredÂ´ and are celebrated as heroes.
Wilfred Owen in his poem is asking us to question all the certainties that Tennyson is celebrating. The theme of 'Dulce et decorum est.Â´ is that war and dying for one's country is not glorious. This message is echoed throughout the poem from the first stanza to the last line. In the opening stanza you get a very different image of the soldiers from what you might expect from the title. You would think of soldiers as smart, proud, marching, and fighting, but OwenÂ´s picture is based on his personal experience of the battlefield. There is nothing romantic about OwenÂ´s soldiers. They are 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we