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Poetry Coursework

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Compare and contrast The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Destruction of Sennacherib. How do the poets use language devices to show their attitude towards war? The two poems that I’m going to be comparing are, The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron and Charge of the Light Brigade written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Alfred Lord Tennyson, born 6th August 1809, died 6th October 1892, was a “Poet Laureate” in the United Kingdom during the Victorian era, he is still considered to be one of the most popular English language poets. The “Crimean war” was a conflict fought between the Russian Empire and the French Empire, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Kingdom of Sardinia, and the Duchy of Nassau. The poem The Charge of the Light Brigade was written by Lord Tennyson during Queen Victoria’s era in England. During this time the Victorians had a very religious perspective on life. The poem was an account written by the poet laureate, Lord Tennyson, because it was such a horrific battle that the government could not let the public see it had made a great mistake and so as the poet laureate, Tennyson wrote the poem saying what a great battle it had been. It was a cover up. The Charge of the Light Brigade is about the British army’s suicidal charge into a “Valley of Death”. Lord Byron, born 22nd January 1788, died 19th April 1824, was a British poet, known for his work in Romanticism, he was one of the greatest and influential British poets, and still remains well read. The Destruction of Sennacherib was based around a Biblical story about the Assyrian King Sennacherib and how he failed to capture Jerusalem however both Biblical and Historical references disagree with Byron’s account. Byron’s poem mentions that Sennacherib was killed, but Biblical and Historical records contrast with this, the accounts given show that he was 25 miles away In the city of Lachish fighting the Egyptians. Lord Byron was inspired to write the poem The Destruction of...

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