Compare How the Poets Present Ideas About Loss of Life in ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ and 'Futility'

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Compare how the poets present ideas about loss of life in ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ and 'Futility' 3 PQE and comparison Both Tennyson in 'Charge of the Light Brigade' and Owen in 'Futility' present ideas about loss of life in their poems, but they do so in their own individual way. Whilst 'Charge of the Light Brigade' is set in the Balaclava War of 1854, 'Futility' in contrast, is set during World War One. Tennyson presents loss of life in 'Charge of the Light Brigade' through his use of violent imagery to show how pointless the charge was. This is shown in the way that the soldiers rode into the 'jaws of death.' In using personification, the poet suggests to the reader that by the use of the image ‘jaws’ it suggests that there was no escape once they began to charge. In contrast the poet presents the 600 soldiers 'Boldly' charging to their deaths. In using the adverb 'Boldly' the poet suggests that the soldiers at this time would assume they had no choice and that they fight to the bitter end as ordered as they may have seen it as an honour to die for their country. Similarly, Owen presents 'loss of life' through his use of personification but in contrast in 'Charge of the Light Brigade' Owen focuses on one individual soldier who has died on the cold battlefield of France. He uses “Kind old sun” which is personification of an old man who is wise and caring. The last hope for the soldier was the ‘sun’ but the sun wasn’t able to save him. The effect this has on the reader is that it links to the loss of life and also to the title ‘futility’ which means hopeless. Both poets question the idea of soldiers losing their lives because of war. The poems are effective as they made me realise that we have not even today learn this lesson about loss of life. Another way in which Tennyson presents loss of life in ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ is through repetition;

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