Comparing Charge Of The Light Brigade And Disabled

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Comparing the two poems: The Charge of the Light Brigade and Disabled 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and 'Disabled' by Wilfred Owen are two poems that contain many aspects of the tragedy and horror of war. The poem by Wilfred Owen has many examples of tragedy and horror in war as he talks about a man who comes back from war with horrific injuries. 'Disabled' starts off in the first stanza with a man who is in a wheelchair waiting for the night to come as he has nothing better to do than sleep, 'He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark.' As he is in a wheelchair and has no-one to help him he is not able to go anywhere or to do anything else than sit in a wheelchair. This is a very depressing part of the poem as it is very sad how he will not be able to do anything about it like he has wasted the rest of his life. Another part in the poem where he shows the horror and tragedy of war is when the poet uses strong adjectives like, 'ghastly' in the first stanza which stands out as a horrible, unpleasant death-like word describing the suit he wears. Owen also uses past memories in the poem of how he used to have a great life with football, drinking and women. 'In the old times, before he threw away his knees.' The poet is slightly showing that this man was a normal human who had a great life, but then he threw away his knees as if one minute he had everything, the next with nothing. Wilfred Owen also simply uses sad phrases to show the tragedy and horror of war such as, 'How cold and late it is,' which is saying not only that the weather is cold and late as in dark, but Owen is saying that the man is now cold on the inside as he has nothing left with him which is quite depressing. Owen is also saying that is to late as well as he can't turn back and the rest of his life has gone. The poet has said what it was like for the man before
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