Poetry Comparison Essay

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Poetry Comparison There have been many wars throughout time. Most people learn the facts through: papers, films, books or poems, but I am comparing two similar poems which have different meanings. Wilfred Owen who wrote the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' or Lord Alfred Tennyson who wrote 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. They are both based around the theme of war. Lord Alfred Tennyson is pro war and thinks it's a good thing to die for your country. His poem was written to memorialise the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean war (1854 - 56) he wrote it ten years later, on: April 10th 1864. He was born in 1809 and died at the age of 83 in 1892. Wilfred Owen is against war and he writes about the First…show more content…
The soldiers are getting defeated' But limped on, blood shod. All went lame, all blind' in this line Owen has used metaphors and repetition to make the soldier's movements stand out and shows they are injured and have got blood on there shoes. Owen wants the reader to picture this in your mind with the verbs he has used 'coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge' shows they are choking on the gas and smoke but slowly and angrily carry on to battle. The use of repetition emphasises exactly how he felt and what he saw, 'All went lame; all blind' it makes it stand out how tired and injured the soldier's really are from Owens view. The rhythm of stanza one is made by the ten syllables per line, which gives the effect that the soldiers are marching. The rhythm has changed, there's now a gas attack and the soldiers are shouting and rushing trying to get there masks on in time 'Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!-An ecstasy of fumbling'. Owen then wants the reader to picture this so uses caesuras and exclamation marks to emphasise exactly what's happening and this makes you imagine the soldiers in a sudden rush for the masks. Then Owen describes the gas attack as being under water 'as under a green sea' this suggests Owen wants you to imagine the movements the
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