Compare How the Results of War Are Shown in ‘Futility’ and ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’

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The results of war are shown both similarly and differently in the two poems. The contexts also differ due to the poet’s experiences of war. Wilfred Owen died fighting in World War One whereas Alfred Tennyson learned about the battle second hand therefore they have different perspectives. In ‘Futility’, Owen uses metaphors that could represent the feelings of the soldiers but Alfred Tennyson tells the story of the battle. In ‘Futility’, Owen utilizes personifications such as ‘The kind old sun will know’ and ‘Woke once the clays of a cold star’ to create a sense of desperation on the part of the soldiers. It makes it seem as though the soldiers worship the sun and look to it for guidance, which personifies it further; suggesting that the sun is wise and shows sympathy towards them. It also gives the sun omnipotence and omniscience, insinuating that it knows what’s happening and has the power to change it. This makes the reader empathise with and relate to the soldiers as everyone has felt insignificant and dependant at some point in their lifetime. On the other hand, Tennyson depreciates the soldiers, making them seem idiotic with phrases such as ‘Some one had blunder’d’. This causes the reader to feel sympathy for them, as it mentions their death at the end of the stanza, so it gives the impression that they know no better. Another difference is cause by repetition. In ‘Futility’, the poet refers to the image of being awoken using the words ‘woke’, ‘awoke’, and ‘rouse’. This gives the impression that there is still hope for the soldiers which induces a sense of optimism within the many feelings of the reader; which could also be motivation to read the rest of the poem. On the contrary, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ contains pessimistic phrases involving ‘Death’ and ‘Hell’, an example of this would be ‘Boldly they rode and well, into the jaws of death, into
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