Poem Comparison

Topics: Poetry, Charge of the Light Brigade, Dulce et Decorum Est Pages: 2 (371 words) Published: November 24, 2013
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Poem Compare and Contrast EO4

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Compare and Contrast of War Poems
The poems “Dulce et Decorum Est” by: Wilfred Owen and “The Charge Of The Light Brigade” by: Alfred, Lord Tennyson demonstrate images of war in many different and similar ways. War is a subject that often relies on many emotions with those directly or indirectly involved in the countries at war. It usually brings tears and memories of suffering, loneliness, struggles, or victories. Such disturbance of peace has injured and killed many souls. It is on the battlefield we see the most horrific side of human nature, for every soldier's only objective on the battlefield is to survive and win.

The similar ways are with the poetic devices and the different ways are with the emotions expressed and the rhyme scheme used. For example in the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” Wilfred puts an A, B, A, B...etc. rhyme scheme: “Bent double.... sacks, Knock-kneed.... sludge, Till on.... backs, And towards.... trudge” (Line 1-4) This rhyme scheme helps demonstrate images of war because the repeated A, B, A, B, rhyme scheme makes it sound like the heavy and organized steps of the soldiers. In the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” Alfred states a metaphor: “All in the valley of death” (Line 3) This metaphor shows the image of war in the poem because it means that the place where they are going is somewhere where they could die and where lots of people never returned home.

The tone of the poems are where in "Dulce Et Decorum Est", Owen expresses the war as depressing, while in Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade", the author shows the experience of war as a heroic battle. To provide evidence of Owen's dreary portrayal of war, it is illustrated clearly in this tedious scene of war, "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our 2

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