Theme Of War In The Charge Of The Light Brigade By Wilfred Owen
Therefore in stanza five the cannons are to the left, right and behind them. There is a lot of evidence that Tennyson says the men were heroes like, 'Honour the Light Brigade', 'Noble six hundred', 'While horse and hero fell'
'Dulce et Decorum Est', by Wilfred Owen, was a form of moral propaganda. Wilfred Owen's purpose in writing it was to convince the British public that they had been lied to. He knew from first hand experience the terror, pain and horror of war, this made him feel disgusted and enraged at how different war was to the impression that men signing up to fight were given. The poem tells us about soldiers returning from the front line until they are hit by a gas attack and one man is left helpless when he fails to get his helmet on in time. There are sudden mood changes that occur throughout the poem. The most effective is from the first stanza to the second stanza. In the first stanza the soldiers are slowly walking along, tired, and hurt. In the second stanza, a sudden gas attack occurs and action begins to take place. Owen uses figurative language to produce harsh images relating to the brutalities of war. Because of the imagery the …show more content…
The second line of the poem illustrates the physical condition that the soldiers were in 'Knock-kneed' slows down the tempo. The seventh line uses both alliteration by writing 'Drunk with fatigue' and a hyperbole to give us the image that the soldiers were exhausted, it also suggests that the soldiers were experiencing a lot of pain. 'Drunk with Fatigue' is used to tell us that the soldiers were physically exhausted.
In the second stanza, there is a big contrast and there is an instant change of mood in the poem. The pace speeds up as the soldiers rush to put on their masks. The first sentence 'Gas! Gas! Quick boys!' highlights the speed of this section and that there is urgency in what is happening. Alliteration is also used to emphasise that there is just one person left. The soldiers are also called 'boys' to show that even the young have been forced to fight for their country in the war. The phrase 'An ecstasy of fumbling' is also a metaphor; this metaphor is significant as it describes the quick manner in which the soldiers will have been trying to put their masks on. 'ecstasy' would normally be used to describe an extreme emotion, usually of joy. The