Comparing Dulce et Decorem Est with Charge of the Light Brigade

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Comparing Dulce et Decorem Est with Charge of the Light Brigade

Although both 'Dulce et Decorum Est´ and 'The Charge of the Light
Brigade´ are about battle and the death of soldiers, they portray the experience of war in different ways. The main difference between the poems is the message they express. They seem to be writing about completely different wars. Wilfred Owens poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est,’ was written from his point of view as a soldier in the war. It is much more personal and emotive than ‘Charge of the Light Brigade.’
Tennyson’s poem, on the other hand was written as one of his duties as the Poet Laureate at the time. It lacks the detail and also the personal experience that Owens’s poem has, and gives the
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Owens’s poem questions the need for war and criticises it. Owen uses exaggerations ‘all went lame, all blind,’ to help express the power of his poem and the weariness of the soldiers. The main point of the
Tennyson’s poem is the bravery of the soldiers in the war, and instead of criticising the war itself, like in Owens poem, he criticises the high authorities of the army and describes their mistakes as
‘blunder’d’ which makes the mistakes seem less serious than they could be. ‘Dulce et Decorem Est,’ has a very powerful rhythm and rhyme and is very descriptive. It comes across as very sad and depressing. The rhythm comes to a sudden halt when it describes the soldier dying, which makes the poem more effective and dramatic and even more depressing. ‘Charge of the Light Brigade,’ on the other hand, has rhythm and rhyme but is much more simple and not as descriptive, thus, making it less powerful.

Both poems start by setting the scene. ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ sets the scene as a battlefield in the first stanza. ‘Charge of The Light
Brigade’ has a rhythm that mimics horses hooves. This helps the reader recognise the imagery that Tennyson is trying to portray. The first stanza of ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ is a very quiet, inactive stanza.
Owen tells this stanza using the words 'we' and 'our', showing again that Owen was involved in the war and this incident. We

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