Essay on The Subject of War in Poetry from Different Time Periods

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The Subject of War in Poetry from Different Time Periods Dulce e Decorum est by Wilfred Owen, Suicide In the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon and The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson. From studying the selection of texts (Poetry and Prose) what have you learnt about the different way writers from different periods deal with the subject of war. The three poems that I have chosen to talk about are “Dulce e Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen, “Suicide In the Trenches” by Siegfried Sassoon and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Tennyson. I will look at the three poems different opinions on war and how they compare and contrast from each other. I will also take into account the way the poets background may of…show more content…
He tries to put across the heroic fetes that it is possible to achieve in war, but still slightly touches on the possible death. In contrast Owen writes anti-war and focuses clearly on the loss of life and horrific conditions that all soldiers faced during World War One. Owen is able to write about World War One in this way as he experienced it first hand and deals with the subject of war very negatively. Sassoon like Owen writes about the disapproval that he feels about war. He does it by shocking the reader by having horrendous actions going on with an upbeat tone. By doing this, Sassoon is trying to enlighten us how the face of war is not what the government is saying it is. Another thing that affects the way that the writers writes is the audience they are writing to. This will affect the way the poem is written, as the writer will try and complement the readers good opinions if writing positively. On the other hand the writer will use shock tactics like Sassoon if they are dealing with the subject of war in a negative manner. Tennyson was writing pro war for middle class Englishman. Owen is writing anti war to enlighten the British people of the plight that the soldiers are in. Lastly Sassoon was writing about war pessimistically and trying to enlighten the government to take action. The reason that different writers might take a different stance of what Britain should be doing
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