Dulce Et Decorum Est And The Charge Of The Light Brigade Analysis

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War is a word that usually has a negative connotation associated with it. When people think of war, most will think of death and destruction. However, some people also associate war with self-sacrifice and honour. “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson are the two poems that can show these two different point of views on war. These two poems share the same topic which is war but each view the topic in its own different way. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during his lifetime and he wrote “Dulce et Decorum Est” from the perspective of a soldier who had fought in a war. On the other hand, Alfred, Lord Tennyson was an English poet and he wrote “The Charge of the Light Brigade” from the …show more content…
Since the purpose of this poem is to appreciate and honour the fallen soldiers, the poet uses a lot of positive diction to show his patriotic tone. This can be easily seen in the third stanza line 23 which says “Boldly they rode and well”. The poet use the term “boldly” to compliment the soldiers’ action which shows that the poet is very proud of the brave soldiers who fought in the war. Besides, in the fifth stanza line 44 “While horse and hero fell”, it is clearly stated that the poet use the word hero to address the soldiers. Besides, line 44 which says “They that had fought so well” is a clear indication of the poet’s patriotic and proud tone. In addition, this tone is also evident in the last line of the poem which state “Noble six hundred!” which is a pure admiration to the sacrificed soldiers. All of these examples indicates that the poet choose certain words to show his patriotic tone throughout the poem. All of this positive choice of words despite the death of these soldiers evokes an optimistic mood among the readers. The readers will not feel defeated or sad although the soldiers in this poem died because the poet ends the poem on a positive note to respect the sacrifice the soldiers had

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