top-rated free essay

Similarities and Differences between the Poem Dulce Et Decorum Est and Charge of the Light Brigade

By pricey95 Jan 23, 2011 948 Words
“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 horror of what is happening. It could be suggested that Owen uses the word “boys” to say that they are not old enough to be in the war. Owen then uses a sentence to describe the equipment. ”Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time”. Owen uses this to describe to the reader that the equipment is useless, to make the reader feel anger towards the government for not spending more money on the equipment they use. A simile is used in the second stanza to describe a man that is suffering. “And floundering like a man in fire or lime”. Owen uses this to make the reader feel horrified by what is happening to the man whose life is being taken away. The simile compares the man to a fish out of water. The third stanza is a very small stanza because Owen describes what he can see in his dreams. “In all my dreams, before my helpless sight”. Owen uses this to make the reader visualise that he cannot do anything, that he is in fact helpless. He also uses the word “helpless” to suggest to the reader that he cannot get this disturbing image out of his mind. In the second line Owen uses verbs to describe how the man reacts. “He plunges at me, guttering, chocking, drowning”. Owen uses this to alarm the reader in what is happening. He uses the word “guttering” to compare the man as to be a candle which is flickering about to lose its flame. In the final stanza, Owen starts by describing how the injured soldier is dealt with. “Behind the wagon that we flung him in”. Owen uses this to shock the reader, using the word “flung” is suggesting that human life is cheap.

Owen then uses similes to compare the man’s features to horrible things. “His hanging face, like a devils sick of sin”, “Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud”. This makes the reader feel sorrow for the man as his life has been taken away. Owen uses two specific sentences to put an image in the readers mind. “Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs”, “Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues”. These sentences put brutal images of death in the readers mind and make the reader feel war is not noble. Owen uses two words to directly address the reader. “My friend”, this will stand out to the reader because the reader knows he is not writing to a friend, he is being sarcastic by sending a message to the people at home such as the government and parents. “Charge of the Light Brigade” is a euphemistic poem with a rhythm. Tennyson starts with a fast pace to get into the rhythm of the poem.”Half a league, half a league Half a league onward”. This is in direct contrast to Owens poem as Tennyson starts with a positive rhythm, were as Owen starts with a negative simile. A metaphor is put in to describe the battlefield the soldiers are about to enter. “All in the valley of death”, even though it is a graphical metaphor about the bloody battlefield the reader feels honour for the soldiers. Tennyson puts an order into the poem to show that the soldiers have no fear. “Forward the Light Brigade, Charge for the guns he said”. Tennyson uses this to make the reader feel admiration for the soldiers by making out they are fearless.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Comparing Dulce et decorum est and the charge of the light Brigade

    ...Although both 'Dulce et Decorum Est´ and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade´ are about battle and the of soldiers, they portray the experience of war in different ways. Tennyson´s poem celebrates the glory of war, despite the fact that, because of an error of judgement ('Someone had blundered´), six hundred soldiers were sent to their . Owen...

    Read More
  • Compare and Contrast Dulce Et Decorum Est and Charge of the Light Brigade

    ...Compare and contrast “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Charge Of The Light Brigade”. What images of war do these two poems convey? We have been studying the war poems Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Dulce Et Decorum Est was written during the First World War from 1914 to 1918 whils...

    Read More
  • Dulce et Decorum Est and Charge of the Light Brigade

    ...Wilfred Owen's poem 'Dulce at Decorum Est' tells the realistic view on war of the horrid conditions soldiers face. Owen actively fought at the front line, therefore provide vivid imagery to portray the suffering of the soldiers as he sees them 'guttering, choking, and drowning’. The rule of three has been used to create a more powerful imag...

    Read More
  • "Dulce Et Decorum Est"& "The Charge of the Light Brigade" - Poem Comparing and Contrasting Essay

    ... or personal experiences. In the two poems studied, Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum est" and Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade", war has been described with completely opposing views. In the former, Owen describes war as a horrifying and inglorious event with men in war being grim and sorrowful while the soldiers died dev...

    Read More
  • Dulce et Decorum Est

    ...Line 1-2 Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, The soldiers in this poem are crippled, mentally and physically overcome by the weight of their experiences in war Did you notice how unwilling our speaks seems to introduce himself (and his fellow soldiers)? We’re almost all the w...

    Read More
  • Dulce Et Decorum Est

    ...techniques in “Dulce et Decorum Est” to encourage the reader to empathise with the soldiers involved in ‘The First World War?’ Wilfred Owen was perhaps the most famous war poet of all time. Although a middle class academic he became a soldier fighting in the First World War. He was enlisted in 1915 and was commission to the Manchester...

    Read More
  • Dulce et Decorum Est

    ..."Dulce et Decorum est" Summary and analysis for "Dulce et Decorum est" Summary The boys are bent over like old beggars carrying sacks, and they curse and cough through the mud until the "haunting flares" tell them it is time to head toward their rest. As they march some men are asleep, others limp with bloody feet as they'd lost their boot...

    Read More
  • Dulce Et Decorum Est

    ...TMA 01 - DULCE ET DECORUM EST 1a. Reading about the soldiers during the gas attack was very disturbing and I realise that the poem is an account of the brutal sacrifice soldiers are expected to give. It made me think not only about the physical horrors of war but also the psychological. It made me question and consider the human cost of war...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.