Comparing Dulce ET Decorum EST and the Charge of the Light Brigade

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Comparing Dulce ET Decorum EST and the 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 show the experience of war in different ways. Tennyson´s poem is about the glory of war, despite the fact that, the English parliament had the wrong judgment this is why six hundred soldiers died. Wilfred Owen´s poem, on the other hand, tells everybody what has really happened, we are more likely to believe what Wilfred Owen is saying because he was the one who was in the battlefield were as Tennyson wasn't . Wilfred Owen presents the horror of the senseless deaths in the trenches and shows us how the
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He doesn't make it sound gorily the way they died.

Tennyson creates a feeling of nobleness of warfare with his use of poetic words. 'Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them´.

Tennyson celebrates the ideal of unquestioning of the soldiers in the face of death 'Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die´. The repetition of 'the six hundred´ at the end of each stanza reminds the reader of the enormous loss of life, but at the end of the poem they have become the 'Noble six hundred´ and are celebrated as heroes.

Wilfred Owen in his poem is asking us to question all the certainties that Tennyson is celebrating. The theme of 'Dulce et decorum est.´ is that war and dying for one's country is not glorious. This message is echoed throughout the poem from the first stanza to the last line. In the opening stanza you get a very different image of the soldiers from what you might expect from the title. You would think of soldiers as smart, proud, marching, and fighting, but Owen´s picture is based on his personal experience of the battlefield. There is nothing romantic about Owen´s soldiers. They are 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we
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