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Attitudes to war and how they Developed Wilfred Owen and Alfred Lord Tennyson both wrote well known poetry about war Their poems were written in different centuries and they clearly illustrate the changing attitude to war These three poems are all describing the ups and downs of war The one author saying how war is such a great thing and how brave the soldiers were The other author saying how terrible war is illustrating the death and injuries In Tennysons poem because it was written earlier than the two poems by Owen he describes more the glory and heroism of war rather than the death and stupidity All three poems make you feel pity even if it may be accidental which I feel it is in Tennysons The Charge of the Light Brigade Let us look at Tennysons poem he starts by using repetition This is a good start as you feel the beat of the hooves of the soldiers horses and this continues through the whole poem Half a league half a league Half a league onward Not only do you instantly feel the beat but from the next line you feel you know a lot about the story line All in the valley of death Rode the six hundred This is repeated at the end of the verse which I feel is very effective as I feel it emphasises the fact of the unbalanced odds and the soldiers imminent doom which of course makes you pity them The second verse tells how the soldiers were so loyal to their country that even though they knew they were in mortal danger they didnt question their superiors The first line in this verse is an order by the commander that suggests confidence in the troops Forward the light brigade Further on in the verse repetition is used which illustrates the soldiers bravery and again
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