Dulce Et Decorum Est Comparison

Topics: World War I, Charge of the Light Brigade, World War II, Poetry, Crimean War, Stanza / Pages: 10 (2291 words) / Published: May 21st, 2013
In this essay I intend to compare the poems by historical, social and the cultural aspects of the poems,I will also examine poetic language in the poems. I have studied the poems: Dulce et decorum est, the charge of the light brigade, suicide in the trenches, the man he killed and in Flanders field.

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE- Lord Alfred Tennyson
The first poem – the charge of the light brigade- which I have studied. In this poem lord Alfred Tennyson is describing the event in the Crimean war when a cavalry regiment of around 650 horses and 650 men misheard an order “to attack the guns” meaning to get back the guns for the Turks that the Russians were stealing, in one valley. But the order was misleading as there were two valleys one which the cavalry could see and another of which the generals wanted the cavalry to go to which was hidden from the sight of the regiment. So they assumed that to attack the guns that are protecting the city of Sebastopol. Which of course sounded like suicide but they had to follow the order so they attacked the guns and failed. To the soldiers this seemed like no mistake as they had to attack the guns and they had to follow orders. Tennyson thought the light brigade was brave to charge into the guns as a cavalry something of bravery as they were clearly going to be outmatched ( which surprisingly was against the rules of war). He shows this bravery by such quotes as “into the valley of death” this shows that the gauntlet they were about to face was going to be practically suicide for a misheard order which only 1 in 10 made it out alive so Tennyson describes it as hell and he emphasises that by saying “into the jaws of death” as the cannons were surrounding the regiment giving a more detailed description of what position they were in also he is describing that it is worse than hell. But Tennyson thinks that the fact that so many died is irrelevant and that they should be remembered as brave heroes that led a brave

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