The Charge Of The Light Brigade

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What attitude does Tennyson show towards war in “The charge of the Light Brigade” Compare this with the attitude shown by Owen towards war in “Dulce et Decorum Est”
The Charge of the Light Brigade” is about battle and the death of soldiers, and the experience of war. 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 death because of the awful mistake, the poet uses a lot of repetition from the first verse to the last, in this poem there are 6 verses which have short but effective sentences, repetition, metaphors and rhetorical questions.

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Further more in the second verse the poet uses a rhetorical question “ Was there a man dismay’s? ” gives the idea that war was easy and simple for the soldiers who had to be ready for their death at any time although Tennyson seemed to describe the soldiers as not worried about charging the cannons this seems too unrealistic perhaps the writer is trying to make the reader interested and focused to what might happen, I thinks that the writer is trying to suggest that war is not awful. The poet then uses the word “ Blunder’d” to say that someone made a mistake, “Blunder’d” inst the right word for this kind of mistake as it is too weak I can support my opinion with the description of Blunder'd having the meaning of clumsy mistake. Tennyson then goes on to using repetition once more but this time he makes the phrase rhyme “Their’s not to make a reply, Their’s not to reason why, Their’s but to do and die” the sound of it is catchy it rhymes and its repetition, maybe the writer uses these words because he had never had the experience of going to war as the soldiers did in that time, although he does say that the soldiers had an order to not ask question and to do as they where told. The poet then goes on to using a bible verb “ Valley of Death” this is a verb from the Bible Psalm 23 narrow crumple no escape, perhaps he uses this verb to make the poem stronger and to show that the soldiers where heading for their death in addition in the bible in psalm 23 it says that god is with us in the hour of death.

Later on in the poem the poet uses repetition with the phrase “Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them” the writer uses “Cannon” in 3 lines to show that the soldiers where not scared, as they where feeling powerful at this point this could mean that Tennyson though he knew how the soldiers were feeling and that they shown no fear in other words the soldiers where swallowed by the guns. In the middle of this stanza the poet goes on to using a powerful verb “Boldly” this word has a lot of meaning showing that the soldiers where strong and fearless, posebly Tennyson used this word to convince the reader that war was fantastic, I think that this verb gives an image that they are ready to die at any cost also shows a meaning that war is glorious and that the soldiers themselves where heroes. At the end of the stanza three the poet uses a metaphor “Jaws of Death, mouth of hell” Tennyson is now comparing the situation that the soldiers are in to hell itself meaning that the soldiers where possibly now...

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