"Dulce Et Decorum Est"& "The Charge of the Light Brigade" - Poem Comparing and Contrasting Essay

1176 Words Mar 22nd, 2008 5 Pages
War is a subject that often stirs upon many emotions with those directly or indirectly involved. It may bring tears, memories of suffering and loneliness, struggles, or victories. Such disturbance of peace has wounded and killed many souls. It is on the battlefield we see the most hideous side of human nature, for every soldier's only objective on the battlefield is to survive and win. Many people have opposing views about wars which may have been developed over time based on many factors such as family upbringing, culture, political views, or personal experiences. In the two poems studied, Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est" and Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade", war has been described with completely opposing …show more content…
O the wild charge they made! All the world wonder'd. Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!" (Tennyson, 53-56) By asking a rhetorical question, he increased the effectiveness of his poem to convince his readers that war is a glorious event and that a deceased soldier's glory will be remembered ceaselessly.

Another distinguishing characteristic between the two poems are based upon the illustration of the soldier's experience in war. A similarity found in both poems is that a number of soldiers were lost in war but the differing mind sets of the author gave dissimilar interpretations to the soldiers' attitudes. In Owen's poem, he took a more personal approach to illustrating the soldier's experience of war by narrating from a soldier in war's position. It gave a deeper insight to the downbeat environment that the soldier lives in day after day. The quotation, "Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind. Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind," (Owen, 4-7) exemplified the loss of will of soldiers to fight any longer because of the horrid atmosphere as they are exhausted and marching with a lack of spirit. The imagery of the senses that the soldiers experienced furthered the effectiveness for readers to

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