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Compare and Contrast 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and the 'Defence of Lucknow' by A. Tennyson. What contrasting attitude or feelings does he convey? How does he do this?

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Compare and Contrast 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and the 'Defence of Lucknow' by A. Tennyson. What contrasting attitude or feelings does he convey? How does he do this? Introduction Both poems 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and the 'Defence of Lucknow' are written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. (1809-1892).Both of these poems are related to two battles in the 19th century, both of these battles concerned the British which were praised highly in the poems as you will discover later on in my essay. When writing these poems Tennyson was very proud of the British for their bravery, he describes this in both the poems 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and the 'Defence of Lucknow'. 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' involved the British, French and the Russians it was written by Tennyson and was based on a factual life event which was the Crimean war. The English and the French were both fighting the Russians between 1854-1856.Within this war The Charge of the Light Brigade occurred, the charge was a mistake by the British cavalry commander. There are many ways Tennyson describes the British as courageous and brave in this poem. Only 673 men were involved, and they lost 157 men out of 20 000 war dead. The charge was actually misheard from the Lord Cardigan who was the commander of the Light Brigade, the message was passed on from one person to another which then led to the charge. The 'Defence of Lucknow' is also about war, part of the reason why the siege began is because was that the opponent was using each others scared animal to grease their bullets with their fat the siege, involves the British and the Indians, but not all the Indians were against the British some were fighting along side the British too. ...read more.


Firstly, Tennyson describes the knife as being Pitiful and pitiless at the same time. The reason why Tennyson uses the word ' Pitiful' is because that knife cut off the leg of a British solider who had the disease on that limb, and the reason why the poet calls it 'Pitiless' is because that same knife also saved his life from that particular disease of the limb. The personification Tennyson uses distinction between the ones which are used in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. He also uses less of personification in Defence of Lucknow than 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', this is another contrast I discovered. When studying the poem in depth you may find that there is personification in nearly every stanza (The Charge of the Light Brigade) which creates imagery to the reader about the situation and atmosphere of the war. Two examples of personification is shown below: 1. 'Into the valley of Death' {Stanza 1 and 2 - The Charge of the Light Brigade} The verse above describes to the reader that they went into the valley with a sense of certainty they would be killed that's why the poet calls it 'The valley of Death'. This again shows the bravery of the British in the Charge. 2. 'Into the mouth of Hell' {Stanza 3 - The Charge of the Light Brigade} 'Hell' is a unique word which Tennyson uses to describe the atmosphere and the surroundings of the war. Everyone knows hell as an unpleasant place; Tennyson is describing the war in this way to make the British look courageous in such a terrible surrounding. ...read more.


Tennyson also describes the British in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' situations and surroundings to shows us what brave people they are by surviving in such conditions in the war. To achieve these techniques Tennyson uses words and phrases like into the mouth of hell, valley of death, volleyed and thundered. There are also some more which may also have an impact to the reader. This poem however is much short than compared to the 'Defence of Lucknow' but is still very effective. The 'Defence of Lucknow' however has words like bullet, death, horror and torture to send the message across to the reader by using such eye catching and terrifying words. When coming towards the end of the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' the slight emotions build up almost involuntarily to make the reader have a small amount of honor and sadness for the British for their heroic performance in the war, but at the same time the reader can have an opposite feeling e.g. the reader may fell angry because he/she may think why is Tennyson forcing me to feel honorable? Some readers may not accept the fact that Tennyson forced me to feel in such a way. This instantly shows that Tennyson has achieved his objective by making the reader feel that way (my personal opinion). As for 'Defence of Lucknow', Tennyson does not use as many heroic terms to make the reader feel in such a way like sympathy or kindness towards the soldiers . He simply describes the war scene to the readers and probably wants the readers to make up their own thoughts and emotions towards the poem this is another contrast between the two poems. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jamal Sipple English ...read more.

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