Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum est to Alfred Tennysons Charge of the Light Brigade

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Adam Mitter English Coursework In this essay I will attempt to compare and contrast Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum est to Alfred Tennysons Charge of the Light Brigade. Wilfred Owen was born on the 18th of March 1893 in Owestry, United Kingdom. He was the oldest of four children and was educated in an evangelical school. Though Owen rejected most of his beliefs by 1913 the influence of his education still remains evident in his poems and their themes of sacrifice, biblical language and his vivid, frightening description of hell. One of the main influences on Owens’s poetry was his meeting with Siegfried Sassoon, though Owen soon fashioned his own style and approach to the war. The characteristics of Owens’s poetry are the use of the rhyming of two words, alliteration, and assonance. Alfred Tennyson was born on 5th August 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire and died on the 6th October 1892 to later be buried in the poet’s corner in Westminster Abby. Tennyson was often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry, succeeding Wordsworth as poet laureate in 1850. 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. Tennyson makes use of repetition, allusion, and personification to paint a vivid picture of the charge and at the same time give the reader an insight into the mind of the brave soldiers
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