Compare and Contrast Dulce Et Decorum Est and Charge of the Light Brigade

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Compare and contrast “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Charge Of The Light Brigade”. What images of war do these two poems convey?
We have been studying the war poems Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Dulce Et Decorum Est was written during the First World War from 1914 to 1918 whilst Charge Of The Light Brigade was composed in the 19th century, and describes a battle that took place during the Crimean War.
Both poems give a different impression of war. Wilfred Owen writes about the pity of war and his responsibility to warn other generations of the horror and propaganda of it, whereas Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem is about the honour, courage and glory of fighting in a war.
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“...the white eyes writhing in his face,” tells us that the soldier’s eyes are contorting and twisting out of place because of the suffering he is undergoing. He gives a direct appeal to the reader “If you could hear,” which involves the reader and emphasises what he’s trying to convey. Dulce Et Decorum Est is very different in many ways to Charge Of The Light Brigade. Firstly the tone. Dulce Et Decorum Est is set in a sorrowful and pitiful tone whereas Charge Of The Light Brigade is much more of a positive tone. Charge Of The Light Brigade is about the honour and glory of war in contrast to the pity of war as Wilfred Owen writes about. There is a rhyming scheme in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem that is much more noticeable for the rhythm is upbeat and striking. Dulce Et Decorum Est has a rhyming scheme that is more subtle and you wouldn’t pick it out straight away but it’s still there and is downbeat.
The first verse of Charge Of The Light Brigade portrays the soldiers as strong, willing, noble men; ready to ride into “the valley of Death” whereas Dulce Et Decorum Est portrays the soldiers as struggling, exhausted and fatigued. Alfred Lord Tennyson illustrates the same idea of honour and nobility throughout his poem in contrast to Wilfred Owen’s poem which discusses fear and sorrow amongst other emotions.
Charge Of The Light Brigade is about the Crimean war. The Crimean War set the stage for the First World War by altering the balance in