Compare And Contrast Dulce Et Decorum Est And The Charge Of The Light Brigade

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The first poem is named “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and the other is named “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. Both of the poems discuss the concept of war. In the poems, the experience of war is expressed. The viewpoints of the poems are extremely different. Over the years, there have been several conflicts concerning the issue of war itself. People tend to either sway one direction or the other, whether they are for or against it. The first poem, “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, was written by a soldier of a war. His name is Wilfred Owen. He knows all about the war considering the fact that he fought in World War I. Even though he fought in the war, he is totally against it. He thinks too many people believe that war is all about fame and glory. He describes several of the horrific trials he has went through. Wilfred probably has PTSD. In his poem, he opens up about the dreams he has. He dreams that the enemy is plunging at him, choking him and fighting him. He states “In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, he plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.” (Dulce Et Decorum Est, line 16-17) …show more content…
He is someone who never fought in a war and has never had to go through the troubles of war. He supports the war completely. Alfred believes that as a man, it is honorable to be a soldier of war. One thing he says is “into the valley of Death, rode the six hundred”. (The Charge of the Light Brigrade) He constantly repeats himself by saying “rode the six hundred”. When he refers to “the six hundred”, he is talking about the six hundred soldiers. He thinks that it is a major responsibility that deserves to be respected and praised. It is ironic that he thinks his opinion should be valued, since he has never actually been through the war