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“Dulce et Decorum est” and “Charge of the Light Brigade”

These two poems have a lot of similarities and differences between them. “Charge of the Light Brigade” is a pro war poem and shows admiration for the young men, it is a third person narrative based on the Crimean war from 1854-1856. “Dulce et Decorum est” shows concern for the men that are risking their lives; it is a first person narrative which Owen experienced in the First World War battlefields from 1914-1918. “Charge of the Light Brigade” is a poem based on the article “Hurrah! For the life of a soldier”. “Dulce et decorum est” is a poem that is shown from one person point of view as Owen experienced war himself. “Dulce...” is a strong, graphical poem which is shown in a sarcastic way. The title “Dulce et Decorum est” is very ironic as it means it is a sweet and honourable thing to die for ones country. The first line of the poem is very unusual as he uses a simile to describe the men, “Bent double, like old baggers under sacks”. Owen uses this phrase to make the reader feel as if the men have been changed by war into animals. Owen uses the line “Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs” to put an image in the readers mind of a ghostly atmosphere of the battlefield with the flares flying in the air. He also uses the word “haunting” to suggest the men are haunted by what they have seen; this would also make the reader feel agitated. Owen uses metaphors to show the reader how horrible war can be. “Men marched asleep”. This metaphor is used to show the reader that the soldiers are worn out, that they are crawling off the front line of the battlefield. Owen puts the first stanza in past tense to put the reader in the soldier’s shoes.

In stanza two, Owen opens with capital letters and explanation marks to emphasize that there is shouting. “GAS! Gas! Quick boys!”. Owen uses this to grab the reader’s attention, by talking about a horrific gas attack. He also uses this to make the reader feel the...
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