Both “The Soldier” and “Dulce et Decorum Est” are poems written by soldiers in World War I about the war. “The Soldier” comes from the beginning of World War I in 1914, while “Dulce et Decorum Est” comes from the end of the war in 1917. “The Soldier” portrays death in the war as bittersweet, explaining that even if the narrator dies his burial place will always have the essence of England, his home country. In contrast, “Dulce et Decorum Est” portrays the war realistically, portraying the fear and raggedness of the soldiers when trying to survive in the trenches. Both poems have many common elements but are very different.
Booth killed Lincoln, but his own wrong ruined him. Part one, titled “Total War”, opens on the evening of April 1, 1965 in City Point, Virginia, fourteen days before President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. As he walks along the deck of the steamboat named River Queen, “unprotected and unafraid,” Lincoln wonders when the differences that have divided the country will ever end. As the final days of the war unfold, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant are engaged in battle. The battle ground scenes are fascinating, describing the thoughts, strategies and emotions on both sides.
Cameron Birnie The Charge of the Light Brigade The poem “ The Charge of the Light Brigade” was published by Alfred Tennyson in 1894, and highlights the bravery and futility of war, and the men involved. The charge of the light brigade itself took place on the 25th October 1854 and was a British cavalry charge against Russian and Cossack forces at the battle of Balaclava. It was a result of a miscommunication that resulted a much more difficult objective, to which many men died. In the poem Lord Tennyson uses many different techniques, such as onomatopoeia, repetition and alliteration to build up a dramatic account of the charges stages. In this piece I will assess how he uses certain techniques to present conflict.
Wilfred Owens’s poems are inspired by the horrors of his own experiences in World War One from 28th July 1914 to 4th November 1918, the day that he died 1 week before the armistice. Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade was written to commemorate the suicidal charge by British light cavalry over open terrain in the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War from 1854 to 1856. This was the first war to have photographic media coverage. Of the 637 men involved in the charge, 247 were killed or injured. Tennyson describes the valiant charge of the light brigade into the jaws of death.
Discuss how Owen’s perspective on human conflict is conveyed in his poetry. Wilfred Owen’s personal experience at war is reflected in his poetry, depicting the brutality of war and conflict. He portrays his perspective about human conflicts in his poetry and effectively conveys the truth about the agony of war in his war poems, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ (Dulce) and ‘Mental Cases’. To portray his attitudes towards war, Owen uses a diversity of poetic devices to shock and emotionally stir his readers. As a semi-autobiographical recount, Owen criticises the suffering and psychological scarring of soldiers in ‘Mental Cases’.
The desire for superiority and domination has plagued the twentieth century by power struggles between nations in the form of wars and large numbers of casualties. Over the centuries, poetry has endeavoured to communicate human emotions and ideas. Some present a glorified war in order to portray their love and patriotic attitude to their audience. Such a view is presented in “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke. Quite alternatively, some poems demonstrate a more realistic representation of war such as Kenneth Slessor’s poem “Beach Burial” and the first excerpt from the film production ‘Saving Private Ryan’ which encapsulate the futility of war and the intolerable atrocities on innocent lives.
Can you identify one experience that changed your entire view of the world around you? Henry Fleming, the main character in The Red Badge of Courage, begins his life-changing adventure as a naive young man, eager to experience the glory of war. He soon faces the truth about life, war, and his own self-identity on the battlefield. The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, is a coming of age novel, published by D. Appleton and Company in 1895, about thirty years after the Civil War ended. In this book, the author reveals the ugliness of war, and examines its relationship to the pain of growing up.
In my attempt of trying to understand, 4 poems have helped me; Beach Burial, Homecoming, The Soldier and aftermath. “The Soldier” written by Rupert Brook, was one of the most memorable war poets of the 20th century. He conveys his understanding and personal outlook on the sympathy for the soldiers that fought in World War 1 whilst glorifying war. In the emotive first line it reads, “if I should die, think only this of me” immediately the responder knows that the soldier is aware of what he is facing. That he is prepared to die and go through with whatever it is he may encounter.
Dulce Et Decorum Est In the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, the poem uses the theme of conflict, danger and death to enhance the mood. The poem starts by talking about a day in the First World War when a group of soldiers who are extremely tired after a battle and are returning to base when all of a sudden they are the targets of a gas attack. This poem is focused on a particular soldier who fails to fit his gas mask. Using the soldier’s death the writer shows us that in no way is it “Sweet and fitting thing to die for one’s country”. A technique used to enhance the mood is imagery.
The poem focuses on the effect of conflict and is focused on an injured, probably dead soldier. Owen uses this soldier to question to point of life being created it can be destroyed so easily. A Charge, which is what is what Tennyson portays, is patriotic with celebrating the courage and obedience of the soldiers. This can be seen in his use of glory, honour and noble in the poem. This positive representation of conflict could be linked to Tennyson’s role of Poet Laureate under Queen Victoria’s reign.