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

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Compare and contrast the two poems ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The two poems ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ and ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ were both written during in a war. ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ was written October 1917 during world war one (WW1). The earliest surviving manuscript is the letter he sent it to his Mother, Susan Owen, with the message “Here is a gas poem done yesterday, (which is not private, but not final)”. Wilfred Owens poetry was one of the most famous poets for the First World War. He was born in 1893 and died 1918 one week before the end of WW1. People were quite used to his poems being violent and realistic mainly because he was he had…show more content…
The reader has a clear image now of the state the soldiers are in and how horrific it must have been for them. The third line not only involves the writer in the poem but also tells the reader what they are walking from. ‘Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs’, the word ‘haunting’ is a very important word in this line. It tells the reader that the soldiers will never forget what they have seen. I also think Owen has used the word ‘haunting’ because the word will stick in the readers mind and the poem will haunt them just like the soldiers were haunted. On a positive note, the reader is told they are walking away from the worst of the war. ‘We turned our backs’ so they are faced away from the front line. The forth line connects to the third line by continuing to talk about the soldiers walking back to rest. It elaborates on line three; talking about how even though they are walking to safety it is a long way away ‘distant rest’. Owen also uses the word ‘trudge’ which is laborious walking, so not only are the soldiers tired and have a long way to go they have a laborious walk to get back to safety. I think this line is very important because we now know that the soldiers are walking to safety and we feel a sense of relief for the soldiers. It also make me feel like I should cheer on the soldiers because of how strong and brave they are, they are not only fighting for their countries but fighting for their
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