Compare And Contrast Tennyson's The Charge Of The Light Brigade And Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est

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In this essay you will notice the differences and similarities between ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ was written in nineteenth century by Alfred Lord Tennyson. In contrast, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ was written in the twentieth century by Wilfred Owen. The main similarity we have observed is that they both capture war time experiences. However, the poets’ present these events using their own style, and the effect is two completely different observations of war.
The themes of the two poems are portrayed in very distinctive ways. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ explains in a majestic approach, that fighting in war is something every soldier should honour. The poem is also about the loyalty of the soldiers, not the bad luck or foolishness of men. Tennyson presents this in his poem to show the bravery of the soldiers, although, he only highlights on the benefits of war.
Honour the charge they made, (‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’, line 51, Tennyson).
This quote suggests that Tennyson’s poem glorifies the war, celebrating the sacrifice they had made for their country. By glorifying the Brigade, Tennyson has ignored the obscurity and massacre of the war; this is shown by the loyalty that the soldiers have for their country. The commitment of war in ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ is only shown because Tennyson's looking at war from afar .We can see this because in the poem he has not used descriptive language to describe what war was like, and has not shown the real outcome of war.
In contrast, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ gives us the complete opposite. It takes away the lie that describes the war as a place of pleasure and vividness. When in reality it is a place of carnage and apprehension. Owen's outlook of war is very different to Tennyson's as Owen feels it is inefficient and cruel on young lives. Tennyson, not being present during the Crimean war is a very significant point as it changes the perspective of his poem and makes it seem as though Owen's poem is informing us with believable facts. Therefore, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ seems more powerful of the two because it appears more truthful to real life and what war is really like.
Gas-shells dropping softly behind, Incurable sores on innocent tongues, (‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, lines 8 and 24, Wilfred Owen).
This quote links to the point of brutality on many lives and indicates the innocence of the soldiers. When analysing the poem it is made aware that Owen presents the reader with details of what people felt and heard. The words ‘dropping softly behind’ suggest that the soldiers had heard the gas-shells so much that they had become used to it. It also points to the fact that their trenches...

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