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Compare and contrast Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade with Kipling's The Last of the Light Brigade.

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Compare and contrast Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade with Kipling's The Last of the Light Brigade Alfred Tennyson was born August 6th, 1809, at Somersby, Lincolnshire, fourth of twelve children of George and Elizabeth (Fytche) Tennyson. Tennyson's poem was written at Farringford, and published in The Examiner, Dec. 9, 1854. It was written after reading the first report of the Times correspondent, where only 607 sabres are mentioned as having taken part in this charge (Oct. 25, 1854). Joseph Rudyard Kipling the son of John Lockwood Kipling, principal of the School of Art in Lahore, was born in Bombay on 30th December 1865. His father sent him to England to be educated at the United Services College, but returned to India in 1882 where he found work as a journalist on the Civil and Military Gazette. ...read more.


Tennyson uses alliteration to emphasise what went on in the parts of the war, 'stormed at with shot and shell' gives us a pretty good impression of how the army attacked. However, Kipling uses alliteration to describe the soldiers themselves and how 'they were only shiftless soldiers' as well as feeling as if their life was being wasted. In my perspective I believe they may feel this way since they had to swallow their pride in order to go too Tennyson, to get some food or whatever they needed. Both poets share the history as well as knowledge of the war. Also they both tell reader how the soldiers were brave and made heroic gestures throughout the war, in their poems. They were both written around the 19th century. The arrangements of the poems are alike in the sense that their stanzas relate to the next stanza and that they keep the meaning throughout. ...read more.


lost they dignity basically begging for their food, so really the mood Kipling has created makes it seem similar to a tramp begging, 'please, write we are starving now'. There is a slight variation of action going on in the poems. Where as Tennyson has gone for thrilling information of the war, Kipling has gone for the background information of how tough it was for the Light Brigade. As for the rhythm it's pretty simple. Tennyson's had the rhythm of horse galloping/charging where as Kipling's had no rhythm what so ever. In my conclusion I feel that the better of the two poems was definitely Kipling's poem. I say as I feel his poem caught my interest just that extra bit more, simply for the fact that it rhymed more and in addition it was much more catchier. However, as for general information given out from the poem, then Tennyson has certainly out done Kipling. Charlene Kisaalu 10N ...read more.

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