Compare and Contrast Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade and Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est

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In this essay you will notice the differences and similarities between ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ was written in nineteenth century by Alfred Lord Tennyson. In contrast, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ was written in the twentieth century by Wilfred Owen. The main similarity we have observed is that they both capture war time experiences. However, the poets’ present these events using their own style, and the effect is two completely different observations of war.
The themes of the two poems are portrayed in very distinctive ways. ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ explains in a majestic approach, that fighting in war is something every soldier should honour. The poem is
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Tennyson, not being present during the Crimean war is a very significant point as it changes the perspective of his poem and makes it seem as though Owen's poem is informing us with believable facts. Therefore, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ seems more powerful of the two because it appears more truthful to real life and what war is really like.
Gas-shells dropping softly behind, Incurable sores on innocent tongues, (‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, lines 8 and 24, Wilfred Owen).
This quote links to the point of brutality on many lives and indicates the innocence of the soldiers. When analysing the poem it is made aware that Owen presents the reader with details of what people felt and heard. The words ‘dropping softly behind’ suggest that the soldiers had heard the gas-shells so much that they had become used to it. It also points to the fact that their trenches were based so far, that they were distant from all the shelling. Also Owen says ‘innocent tongues’ as the soldiers did not deserve this. This links back to the fact that everyone should know the truth about war, if everyone knew then nobody would make the mistake of going there and dying in such a horrific state.
Both Owen and Tennyson have different
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